For Immediate Release:
30 September 2013
Animal-Protection Group and Officials Halt Cruel and Illegal Event
Akluj – Following swift action by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others in response to an advertisement for a greyhound race that was scheduled to be held in Akluj on 29 September, the race has been cancelled. The race had been organised by Satyasheel Mohite Patil Kreeda Mitramandal, Shankar Nagar, and was to be held at Shankar Mohite Patil University campus in Malewadi, Akluj.
According to the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001, using animals in performances would require the permission of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, but the group had not been granted this permission. PETA contacted the AWBI, which then wrote to Dr Praveen Gedam, district collector of Solapur, stating, “While this is an offence under Sec 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act of 1960, it is also an offence under the Performing Animals Rules of 2001 …. In view of the other cruelties to animals which invariably take place during such events, there will also be charges under the IPC.” PETA also contacted the race organisers directly and other authorities requesting that they cancel the race. The event organisers confirmed to the group on Saturday that the race will not be held. A letter from Gedam to MP Maneka Gandhi and Dr Chinny Krishna, vice chair of the AWBI, indicated that Gandhi had also complained about the matter.
PETA Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate says, “We are grateful to the organisers of the greyhound race for cancelling what would have been an illegal event. We appeal to them to prevent the greyhounds they had planned to use from suffering by finding loving homes for them and making sure that they are never forced to race again.”
Greyhound racing is recognised as cruelty by animal-protection groups all over the world. Dogs used for racing are often kept confined in small kennels and are abandoned when they are deemed unable to run fast enough to compete, which is typically after about the age of 4, even though the dogs can live up to 16 years. The dogs are often forced to run beyond the point of exhaustion and often sustain injuries on the track or as a result of a race. As the greyhound racing industry uses only the fastest dogs, it contributes to the dog overpopulation crisis by discarding slower puppies and dogs. During practise sessions, dogs may be kept hungry and made to chase live animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs or cats, who are used as live baits in order to coerce the dogs to run faster.For more information on PETA, please visit PETAIndia.com.