For Immediate Release:
2 November 2020
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Monica Chopra; [email protected]
Kollam – Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India worked with Kerala Forest Department officials to rescue a peacock. Sree Subramanya Swami Temple in Kollam apparently found the bird injured on its premises but then, not knowing what to do, kept him in a cage. He is now at the forest department’s facility receiving necessary medical care.
Once the bird regains health, the officials will transfer him to Chulanur Peafowl Sanctuary. The forest department also let the temple authorities know that keeping any protected wild animal in captivity without requisite permission from the department is an offence and that, in the future, they must inform the department if they come across any wild animal in distress. In India, peacocks are a highly protected species under Schedule I, Part III of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Photographs of the bird are available for download upon request.
“Birds are born to live free, not languish in cages,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Neha Chaturvedi. “PETA India encourages all kind people to keep their eyes open and report any wildlife in trouble to the police and forest department.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – points out that wild animals belong in their natural habitat. Keeping them in captivity as “pets” or for any other reason is both morally wrong and punishable by up to seven years of imprisonment and a fine of at least Rs 10,000.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.