PETA Calls for Arrest, Permanent Expulsion of Vellore Medical Students Who Allegedly Tortured, Raped, and Killed a Monkey

For Immediate Release:
24 November 2016

Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

PETA India Receives Call From Panicked Student on Its Emergency Helpline

Vellore –An anonymous concerned student at Christian Medical College–Vellore contacted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India on 21 November with a disturbing report, stating that four other students from the medical college tortured and killed a wild monkey onthe college premises. PETA’s Emergency Response Coordinator, Meet Ashar, dispatched local animal-protection activists to the scene and has written to the college’s director, Dr Sunil Chandy, calling for the students’ permanent expulsion if found guilty and requesting that he work with the police to ensure that the culprits are punished to the fullest extent of the law. PETA also recommends that they receive psychiatric evaluation and counselling. Ashar’s letter to Dr Chandy is available upon request.

Local animal-protection activists Antony Rubin, Shravan Krishnan, Dinesh Baba, and Nishant Nichu exhumed the monkey’s body. According to eyewitnesses, the female bonnet macaque wandered into the college’s hostel on 19 November, and the four medical students caught her using a blanket. A study of her body shows that they tied her by the hands, legs, and neck. They also thrashed her with sticks and belts, impaled her with a sharp object, broke her legs and jaw, raped her with a rod, and killed her.

The activists worked with the police to file a First Information Report at Bagayam Police Station. A case was registered under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code; and relevant sections of The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

“It’s heart-breaking to imagine the terror and agony that this vulnerable little monkey endured as she was captured, tormented, and cruelly killed”, says Ashar. “PETA is calling for these disgraced students to be held accountable for their crimes to the fullest extent of the law before they act again.”

PETA– whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on or to abuse in any other way” – notes that research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or humans.

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