For Immediate Release:
13 April 2018
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
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Kharagpur, West Bengal – After receiving word that two men allegedly killed two stray dogs for “fun” in Kharagpur by beating them to death, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with the Paschim Medinipur District Police to get a First Information Report filed against the perpetrators under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Section 429 prohibits killing or maiming of an animal, making the offender liable to be punished with a five-year jail term, with or without a fine. The police are working on identifying the perpetrators, and it is expected that arrests will be made shortly.
“The pain and fear that these dogs must have endured as they were beaten to death is hard to imagine,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA India is calling for the perpetrators to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including jail time, and for stricter penalties for acts of cruelty against animals, for everyone’s sake.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or humans.In a study of domestic violence victims, 60 per cent of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen India’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains archaic penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.