For Immediate Release:
6 December 2021
Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Raipur, Chhattisgarh – In response to a report that a dog was burned to death in Shankar Nagar, Raipur, Meet Ashar of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India along with local activist Vanchana Laban worked with Raipur police to register a First Information Report against an unknown person or persons. 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 this brutal killing.
Anyone with information about the perpetrator(s) is urged to contact PETA India’s animal emergency helpline on (0)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. Psychologists warn that violent people often move on from abusing other animals to targeting humans,” says PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager Meet Ashar. “If the culprit or culprits are not found, another dog or even a person may be burned next.”
In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. 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to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders, although the Indian Penal Code contains stronger punishments. In a proposal sent to the central government regarding an amendment to the PCA Act, PETA India recommended significantly increasing penalties for cruelty to animals.