For Immediate Release:
30 November 2021
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Gwalior – After learning that a man allegedly killed a community dog by repeatedly beating the animal with a rod and then slowly chopping off a leg with a knife, Meet Ashar of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with Priyanshu Jain of People For Animals (PFA) Indore, local activist Chhaya Tomar, and the Gwalior police to register a First Information Report under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11(1)(a) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The cruel incident was caught on a video that went viral.
“PETA India commends the Gwalior police for taking steps to send the message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “Since those who abuse animals often move on to harming humans, it’s imperative that the public report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety.”
“We have never come across such a heinous act of cruelty in Madhya Pradesh. The accused needs mental evaluation and counselling. Cases like these signify the need for stronger laws against animal abuse,” says PFA Indore President Priyanshu Jain.
PETA India also recommends that the man undergo psychiatric evaluation and receive counselling, as abusing animals indicates a deep psychological disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals, including humans. For example, Ameerul Islam raped and killed dogs and goats before being sentenced to death for raping and murdering Kerala law student Jisha. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders, although the IPC does contain stronger punishments. In a proposal sent to the central government regarding an amendment to the PCA Act, PETA India recommended significantly increasing penalties for cruelty to animals.
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