For Immediate Release:
12 December 2017
Meet Ashar; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
PETA Files FIR, Calls for Harsh Penalties for Killers of Pit Bull in Area Where Dogfighting Is on the Rise
Barnala, Punjab – After learning that a video of a man shooting and killing a pit bull in Punjab – where pit bulls are frequently used for dogfighting – went viral on social media, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fired off a letter to the Director General of Police there to register a First Information Report (FIR). The group then worked closely with the police to file a case under Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code as well as under Sections 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960 – and to help nab the perpetrators, who were arrested and booked for the crime on Friday, 8 December.
“The pain and fear that this dog must have felt as he was shot by a bullet is hard to imagine,” says Meet Ashar, PETA’s emergency response coordinator. “PETA is calling for these two men to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, including receiving jail time, and for stronger penalties for acts of cruelty against animals – for everyone’s sake.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that pit bulls are widely used in Punjab for dog fighting, a cruel and illegal blood sport in which dogs are left mangled, bloody, covered with urine and saliva, and unable to walk. After the fights, the “losing” dogs are often tortured, shot, or left to suffer and die from injuries inflicted by their opponents.
Since research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who go on to hurt other animals or humans, PETA has long campaigned to strengthen India’s PCA Act, which contains outdated penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.