For Immediate Release:
22 March 2018
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Nirali Gada; [email protected]
Cruelty Was Captured on Video That Went Viral
Junagadh, Gujarat – After receiving word that on 18 March, three men allegedly killed a stray dog who was sleeping in a temple in Junagadh by viciously beating him to death with bamboo sticks, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with the Junagadh police to file a First Information Report against the perpetrators under Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Section 34 of the IPC addresses criminal acts committed by several persons in furtherance of a common intention, and Section 429 prohibits mischievous 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 have identified the perpetrators, and it is expected that arrests will be made shortly.
“The pain and fear that this dog must have endured as he was beaten to death by three men wielding bamboo sticks 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.