For Immediate Release:
7 September 2017
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PETA Files FIR, Asks for Investigation and Stringent Action
Mumbai – After receiving word that a man residing in Deonar allegedly killed a stray dog by hitting him with a bamboo stick until he bled to death and then threw his body in the nullah, from which it was carried away on the current, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the perpetrator under Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code as well as under Sections 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The accused’s family members verbally confessed to the police that they beat the dog to drive him away.
An eyewitness to this incident stated that the panicked dog had entered the accused’s house in an attempt to escape the terrifying sound of firecrackers, music, and other loud noises from the Ganpati Visarjan celebrations. The accused allegedly responded by killing the dog.
“A compassionate person would have helped the scared dog. Instead, this animal was first traumatised by fireworks and loud noises and then subjected to a horribly painful death,” PETA Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar says. “PETA is calling for an investigation into the killing and for anyone found guilty to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including jail time, under The Indian Penal Code. This case once again highlights the need for stronger penalties for cruelty to animals as a deterrent against such acts”
Several other recent cases of cruelty to animals have also shown the need for harsher penalties, including the following: a Mumbai man battered a kitten to death by hitting her with a bamboo stick and then smashing her against the wall, a Bangalore woman killed eight puppies, Chennai medical students threw a puppy from a roof, and Vellore medical students tortured a monkey to death. According to mental-health and law-enforcement authorities, people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often move on to hurting 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 – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which contains outdated penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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