For Immediate Release:
10 February 2021
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Mandsaur Police Have Registered an FIR Against Unknown Persons
Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh – In response to a news report that around nine puppies were burned to death and the Mandsaur 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 these brutal killings. So far, the body of one charred puppy has been recovered.
Anyone with information about the culprits is urged to contact PETA India’s animal emergency helpline on +91 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 on from abusing animals to target humans,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “Spaying or neutering, vaccinating, and returning the dogs to their original area is the only humane, scientific, and legal means of addressing street dog overpopulation and preventing rabies.”
Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals or 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. Last year, a young college teacher died after she was set on fire by a youth in Maharashtra’s Wardha district. 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.