Investigation Sought After Puppy Flung from Terrace of Two-Story Building

For Immediate Release:
27 January 2017

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PETA India’s Emergency Response Coordinator Files First Information Report, Urges Stronger Anti-Cruelty Laws to Protect Animals

Chembur, Mumbai – After a concerned citizen informed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India that a puppy had died on impact after being thrown from the terrace of a two-story residential building in Chembur,the group’s emergency response coordinator worked with the complainant and the police to file a first information report on 25 January. The report was registered under Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code, 1860; various sections of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960; and Section 119 of The Bombay Police Act, 1951.

A post-mortem examination of the puppy revealed the cause of death as haemorrhage, internal bleeding, and serious injuries to internal organs. The police are investigating the matter as well as a suspect.

“Anyone who abuses a puppy is a danger to society at large”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “PETA is calling on the government to strengthen penalties for abusing animals in order to ensure everyone’s safety.”

According to leading mental-health and law-enforcement authorities, people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often don’t stop there – many of them move on to hurting humans. The notorious Veerappan was both a poacher and a serial killer, and the Noida serial murders of children occurred at the home of Moninder Singh Pandher, who was fond of hunting. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60 per cent of women said 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that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated penalties, such as a maximum fine of Rs 50 for convicted first offenders who abuse or even kill an animal. A PETA India petition signed by celebrities (available here) calls on the government to ensure that people who abuse animals serve jail time, pay significant fines, receive psychological counselling, and are banned from interacting with animals.

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