Following PETA India Action, One of Two Accused in Wadala Dog-Killing Case is Arrested

For Immediate Release:

5 September 2018


Garima Jain; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Mumbai Police Are Searching for the Second Offender

Mumbai – Recently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India received a report on its emergency helpline number (9820122602) from a concerned Mumbai citizen who stated that two men had beaten a dog to death in the Sion area of Mumbai and had left the animal’s blood-soaked body on the street (a graphic photo is available here). The group’s Emergency Response Team gave the caller and witnesses to the crime guidance on helping the Mumbai police file a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 119 of the Maharashtra Police Act (MPA), 1951; Subsections 11(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960; and Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860. Now, after rigorous follow-up with the police, one of the two accused has been arrested, and officers are on the lookout for the other offender.

Section 119 of the MPA, 1951, prohibits cruelly beating or torturing any animal. Subsections 11(a) and (l) of the PCA Act, 1960, prohibit inflicting unnecessary pain on any animal and killing any animal – stray dogs included – in an unnecessarily cruel manner, respectively. And Section 429 of the IPC, 1860, prohibits the killing or maiming of an animal, which can carry a penalty of a five-year jail term.

“The pain and fear that this dog must have endured as he was beaten to death by two men is hard to imagine,” says PETA India Emergency Response Assistant Akash Tiwari. “This horrific attack is exactly why PETA India urges the public to report incidents of cruelty to animals immediately, as this kind caller did, so that the perpetrators can be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We commend the Wadala police for arresting one of the two accused.”

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 to 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. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that a history of animal abuse is one of the traits that regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. This is the case in India, too: Veerappan was a poacher as well as a serial killer, and the infamous Noida serial murders of children took place at the home of Moninder Singh Pandher, who was fond of hunting. 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.

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