For Immediate Release:
3 November 2021
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Sanskriti Bansore; [email protected]
Bhubaneshwar – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is offering a reward of up to Rs 50,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man seen abusing a dog in a viral video. In the video shared by Bhubaneshwar-based Susanta Nanda of the Indian Forest Service, a man cruelly picks up dog by both ears and presses both sides of the animal’s skull. The dog can be seen crying for help. While other humans seemingly stood around as silent spectators, a cow rushed in and pushed the abuser to the ground, allowing the dog to escape.
Anyone with information about the identity of the abuser is urged to contact PETA India’s animal emergency helpline on (0) 9820122602 or e-mail [email protected]. The informer’s identity will be kept confidential upon request.
“We’re calling on anyone with information to come forward immediately to help dogs and humans – because, as psychologists warn, violent people often move from abusing animals to targeting humans,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “This hero cow reminds us never to be silent spectators to abuse. If you see an animal being abused, try to stop the cruel act and call the police immediately.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that acts of cruelty to animals indicate a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who abuse animals often don’t stop there – many move on to hurting humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
PETA India opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.