For Immediate Release:
26 June 2020
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Cruelty Was Captured on Video Shot by Abuser
Gandhidham, Gujarat – After receiving a complaint that a man killed a puppy by viciously strangling him to death for chewing his slippers, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with the Gandhidham police to register a First Information Report (FIR) against the perpetrator under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
Section 429 prohibits the mischievous killing or maiming of an animal, making the offender liable to be punished with a jail term of up to five years, with or without a fine. The police have arrested the perpetrator, and the body of the puppy has been sent for a post-mortem.
“The pain and fear that this pup must have endured as he was being strangled is hard to imagine,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Neha Chaturvedi. “PETA India is calling for the perpetrator to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including receiving jail time, and for stricter penalties for acts of cruelty to animals, for everyone’s sake. We commend the Gandhidham police for registering the case and arresting the perpetrator.”
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% of women said their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the 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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