For Immediate Release:
3 February 2021
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Offence Registered Under the Indian Penal Code; the Arms Act, 1959; and The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960
Ukhrul, Manipur – After learning of a video that had gone viral on social media and showed a man shooting and killing a cow, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India fired off a letter to the Superintendent of Police, Ukhrul, requesting that a First Information Report (FIR) be registered. The group then worked closely with the Additional Superintendent of Police, Ukhrul, Saujanya Singh, to register the FIR under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); Section 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960; and Section 25(1C) of the Arms Act, 1959.
“PETA India commends the efforts of the Manipur police and thanks them for sending a clear message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “The trauma this cow must have experienced is hard to imagine. Since people who are cruel to animals often move on to harming humans, it’s imperative that members of the public report cases of cruelty to animals for everyone’s safety.”
Last June, while the nation was still mourning the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala who was fed an explosive, the mouth of a pregnant cow in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, was blown off after she was fed a firecracker wrapped in wheat flour. An FIR was filed against the accused, who was arrested.
Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurt other animals or humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. While the IPC carries stricter penalties, PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the nation’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains archaic, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.