PETA Urges Maharashtra Director Of Education to Make Humane Lessons Mandatory After 13-Year-Old Is Charged With Throwing Seven Pups Into A River

For Immediate Release:
7 June 2013

Puja Mahajan; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

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Pune – Following news that Erandwane police had booked a 13-year-old boy for allegedly throwing seven 2-day-old stray pups into the Mutha River from the Rajaram Bridge, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent an urgent letter to the Maharashtra director of education asking him to include humane education via Compassionate Citizen in the official curriculum of schools in Maharashtra.

Compassionate Citizen is PETA India’s version of the internationally recognised PETA US humane-education programme Share the World, which is designed to help children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old to recognise the importance of compassion and empathy for all beings. It is endorsed by the government body Animal Welfare Board of India as well as the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Experts in mental health and law enforcement consider the callous disregard for life and desensitisation to suffering evidenced by all forms of cruelty to animals to be a red flag. It is the severity of the behaviour – not the species of the victim – that matters.

“We want to prevent any further acts of cruelty”, says PETA India Senior Education Coordinator Puja Mahajan. “Instilling empathy in children and teaching them to act responsibly towards any animals they encounter are vital. The safety of the whole community might depend on it.”

Compassionate Citizen has been successfully used in nearly 15,000 private and government schools, reaching 3 million children across India. A full copy of the Compassionate Citizen pack with video can be ordered for free by teachers directly from PETA India by sending a request to [email protected]. PETA’s letter to the director of education is available upon request.

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