For Immediate Release:
19 April 2021
Deepak Chaudhary; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Thane Police Have Registered an FIR Against Unknown Persons
Mumbai – In response to a news report saying that a community dog was burned to death and that the Thane police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown people, 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 the person(s) responsible for this savage killing. The dog was rushed to a veterinary hospital but succumbed to injuries.
Anyone with information about the culprit(s) is urged to contact PETA India’s animal emergency helpline on +91 9820122602 or at [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 on from abusing animals to humans,” says PETA India Lead Emergency Response Coordinator Deepak Chaudhary. “Sterilising, vaccinating, and returning the dogs to their original area is the only humane, scientific, and legal means of addressing the issue of community dog overpopulation and preventing rabies.”
Burning animals is a common violent crime that must be curbed. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals, including humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. According to statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau, nearly 8,000 women are killed every year through “bride burning” after dowry-related disputes.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.