For Immediate Release:
16 August 2011
Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Nagar Parishad Orders Violent Killing of Animal by Bulldozer in Apparent Violation of Anti-Cruelty Laws and Indian Constitution, Act Videotaped
Jaipur – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent an urgent letter to Mr S N Khinchi, Superintendent of Police for the Churu District, urging him to punish those responsible for the 7 August killing of a donkey. As seen on video footage taken by a local journalist, the donkey was sniffing the carcass of a dead dog. Reportedly, local residents then called the Nagar Parishad. Claiming to believe that the donkey was rabid – even though there was absolutely no evidence to support such conjecture – local residents report that the Chairperson of Nagar Parishad, Mr Govind Mhansariya, sent a bulldozer to the site. The driver of the bulldozer knocked the donkey to ground and repeatedly slammed the animal on the head with the shovel of the machine. Each time the donkey was slammed, the animal struggled to get up before finally going still.
“India’s anti-cruelty laws were enacted to prevent exactly the kind of unimaginable suffering of the donkey shown in this video”, says PETA India’s Director of Veterinary Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate. “No one is above the law. That’s why we’re asking Mr Khinchi to pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law and charge Mr Mhansariya accordingly.”
In the letter – as well as in a similar one sent to District Magistrate, Mr Vikas S Bhale – PETA points out that the Nagar Parishad acted on the complaint without even involving a government veterinarian. The manner in which the donkey was tormented and killed is in direct violation of both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 – which provides that subjecting any animal to unnecessary pain or killing any animal in an unnecessarily cruel manner is a punishable offence – as well as the Constitution of India, which states, “It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to … have compassion for all living creatures”.
No medical examination was ever done on the donkey, and when the animal’s owner, accompanied by members of the donkey-cart union, requested to file a complaint, the police inspector refused on the grounds that the incident had taken place four days earlier. Eventually, Mr S N Khinchi ordered an enquiry. PETA is calling on Mr Khinchi to file charges against Mr Mhansariya and the driver of the bulldozer. The group has also offered to train local government officials and veterinarians to handle future animal-related incidents in a humane manner and in accordance with the law.
PETA’s letters to the superintendent of police and the district magistrate are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.