For Immediate Release:
22 June 2018
Meet Asher; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
PETA India, Forest Department Work Together to Save Ailing Wild Animals Held Illegally in Individual’s Home
Mumbai – Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and officials from the Maharashtra Forest Department entered an apartment in Mumbai on Thursday to rescue a monkey and three parakeets who were being illegally held in an individual’s home. Both species are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Photographs of the animals are available upon request.
The animals were found to be suffering from serious health issues: the parakeets’ wings and tails had all but withered off, and the monkey, who was being kept chained in a small metal cage, was obese from lack of exercise and an unnatural diet. They are currently recovering at the Forest Department’s facility and will soon be transferred to an animal orphanage in Pune for rehabilitation. The unlawful custodian – an elderly woman in failing health – voluntarily surrendered the animals and, after being warned about the legal consequences of illegally keeping protected wild animals, pledged not to do so in the future.
“PETA India worked quickly alongside Forest Department officials to rescue sick parakeets and a lonely tethered monkey from filthy cages and an overall grim situation,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Asher. “This incident is exactly why laws exist to protect wild animals from being held hostage in someone’s home, and it’s imperative that humans heed these laws – for everyone’s sake.”
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 habitats. Keeping them in captivity, as “pets” or for any other reason, is both morally wrong and punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and a fine of at least Rs 10,000.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.