For Immediate Release:
14 June 2010
Madhuri Deshmukh (0) 98234 19288; [email protected]
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has sent an urgent letter to Karnataka Police Chief Ajai Kumar Singh requesting further investigation into the recent shooting at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living site. In the letter, PETA points out that the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, forbid the cruel killing of stray dogs. Even though the shooter did not successfully strike any dogs, it appears his intention may have been to kill one or more of the animals.
“The police must act, not only when dogs are killed but also in response to any intention or unsuccessful attempt to violate anti-cruelty laws “, says PETA’s Poorva Joshipura.”It is essential to uphold the written law – as well as the ethical mandate – to protect animals from abuse, because they cannot protect themselves.”
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PETA’s letter to Karnataka Police Chief Ajai Kumar Singh follows.
11 June 2010
Mr. Ajai Kumar Singh
Director General & Inspector General of Police
Bangalore – 1
Dear Mr Singh,
I am writing to you on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India regarding the recent shooting incident at the Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore in which a devotee of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was injured.
We urge you to further investigate the shooting to determine whether the shooter intended to violate the Animal Birth (Dogs) Rules, 2001, which was enacted under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and which forbids the cruel killing of stray dogs. Although the shooter, who is identified as Mahadeva Prasad, Chair of Dr BR Ambedkar Medical and Dental College, used a licensed firearm and ultimately grazed a person, it would appear he likely intended to kill, rather than simply scare, stray dogs in violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The killing of community dogs is a serious offence, as is cruelty to animals, and we trust that you agree that the authorities must take serious corrective action including for any intention or unsuccessful attempt to violate anti-cruelty laws.
Please let us know what action you have taken on this issue. I can be contacted on (0) 98234 19288 or at [email protected].