For Immediate Release:
24 May 2020
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Stars Among Those Who Spoke Out Against Cruelty
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh – After offering a reward and making a nationwide appeal for help with identifying two males shown in a video tying a community dog by his mouth and legs and throwing him into a pond to drown while hurling stones at him, PETA India worked with the Ujjain police to locate the perpetrators – as well as a third person who made the video of the gruesome act – and ensured that a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against them and that they were arrested. In the FIR, the offence is booked under sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11(1)(a) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. After hearing about the dog’s death, Athiya Shetty, Suniel Shetty, and Heena Sidhu shared PETA India’s appeal for information about the incident on social media.
Section 34 of the IPC addresses criminal acts committed by several persons in furtherance of a common intention, and Section 429 prohibits the mischievous killing of an animal, making offenders liable to be punished with a five-year jail term, with or without a fine.
“PETA India commends the efforts taken by the Ujjain police and is grateful for the support rendered by Special Inspector General of Police of the Aurangabad Range Dr Ravinder Singal, IPS, and his team of officers, who helped trace the accused to Panchampura in Ujjain, which is also the source of the video,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “Since people who are cruel to animals often move on to harming humans, it’s imperative for the public to report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurt 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. While the IPC carries stricter penalties, PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the nation’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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