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Petitioning Hon'ble Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Maneka Gandhi, O​.​P. Chaudhary

No dog killing in Kerala only Animal Birth Control program to control stray dog population

To The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India  Sub: No dog Killing in Kerala only Animal Birth Control (ABC) program to control stray dog population  Respected Sir, The growing intolerance towards man’s best friend and the recent dog massacre in Kerala has forced us to approach you. ‘The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, clearly lays down that no animal can be subjected to unnecessary pain or suffering. The Dog Rules 2001 clearly specifies that the stray dog of India cannot be relocated. It can only be picked up for sterilization and rabies vaccination and thereafter be dropped back to its original location. Yet in many parts of India the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program in which while bringing down the population of street dogs in a humane manner, also dramatically reduces the cases of human rabies, is not being implemented despite allocation of sufficient funds and in those where it is being implemented, it is being done in an unsystematic and complaint centric manner. The dogs are often picked up randomly by the municipal corporation when a complaint of a dog bite or dogs barking come from the residents. The people who feed and take care of dogs also face hostility from other residents. People go to the extreme and allege fake cases of dog bites against the feeders which further jeopardizes the smooth implementation of the ABC Program. This is nothing but human rights violation vis-a-vis animal rights violation.   To add to the misery of the dog is the myth connected with him that he is rabid. This has created fear in the minds of the people and they like to maintain distance from him. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation had put up obnoxious rabies posters for three consecutive years (2018, 2019, 2020) which showed that a dog bite or scratch will infect humans with rabies. This acted as a catalyst in bringing more hatred and fear in the minds of the people towards dogs. Rabies is a deadly disease but one which is 100 percent preventable. And this can be done by giving the dogs rabies vaccination. 100 percent dog vaccination means 100 percent rabies free India. A dog bite from a healthy dog will never infect any human with rabies. The municipal corporation pan India has been the main culprit in the failure of the ABC program.  To show the world how effective the ABC program can be if it is done with the help of the caregivers / feeders we the members of India Unites for Animals Rights organized a rabies vaccination drive from 2nd Oct 2022 to 9th October which started from Rajghat on Gandhi Jayanti. The drive is being conducted in Delhi NCR with the support of CGS Gurgaon, a vetinary hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre, Rakshan Trust and Dr. Anoop Pandey, a veterinarian who provided us with rabies vaccine and the vets who carried out the vaccination. For feeding the T shirts were sponsored by Max Vet and the dog food was sponsored by Farmina. The vaccination drive till date has been conducted on 2nd , 3rd,  4th, 5th 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of Oct, 2022) in parts of South Delhi, East Delhi, West Delhi, Central Delhi and Noida and to our surprise we were able to vaccinate around 550 dogs in just a matter of few hours in a day. This was accomplished because of people’s participation. It was the feeders / caregivers who were involved in vaccination of the dogs. It was so much easier to get the dogs vaccinated as they were easily approachable by their feeders. In this vaccination drive no use of nets, wires or loops were made which is the normal practice by the municipal corporations. The states of Sikkim, Rajasthan and Goa have already shown the world how ABC program can be effective if it is done through public private partnership. Respected Sir, it is not dog menace which has plagued India but human menace created by sheer negligence and apathy of the municipal corporations which has led to so much man-dog conflict. We do not say that there are no dog bites, however the state of Kerala is showing exaggerated figures of these dog bites due to their prejudices against the stray animals. If these dogs are not fed properly, they will (as has happened in Kerala) become aggressive which may be one of the reasons again for an attack on humans. On the other hand, its proven that feeding assists in the sterilization and vaccination process of these strays.   We request our Hon’ble Court to punish the perpetrators who massacred hundreds of hapless and defenceless dogs of Kerala. Also we request the court to direct the government to bring amendment in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 which is a very archaic act. This clearly shows the lack of political will to deal with the subject of animal welfare appropriately. We also request you to press upon the government of India to implement the ABC program pan India through people’s participation.  The signatories to this petition are individuals from India  along with more than 40 Animal welfare NGOs. Their names with signatures are enclosed. With high regards, Yours sincerely, Members India Unites for Animal Rights #IndiaUnites4AnimalRights CC: Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Chairperson, People for Animals ( PFA)  CC: Ms Nanita Sharma  CC: Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India 

Monika Singh, Anu Pandey, Gaurav Dar, Pallavi Dar #indiaUnites4animalRights
4,084 supporters
Petitioning Mamata Banerjee, Firhad Hakim, Maneka Gandhi

Crackdown On Illegal Vet Clinics & Diagnostic Centers in Kolkata #JusticeForPhuchka

I lost my cat, Phuchka, who was no less than a child to me. He died due to negligence and wrong diagnostic reports week after week. Upon sharing my experience about this on social media, I was shocked to see the number of pet-parents who have had same or similar experience with their pet's reports. Sign my petition to ensure that no pet-parent has to go through what we did. Phuchka was not eating his food, but was okay otherwise. His lack of appetite concerned us and on August 8, I got his Heamoprotozoa (a test to assess infections that are transmitted by ticks and fleas) done. The report came 'Negative' and we were relieved. But because Phuchka wasn't improving, we got an advanced test for the same assessment done after 10 days of the first report and the report AGAIN said 'Negative'. Dissatisfied with the reports, as Phuchka's health continued to deteriorate, I went to another vet diagnostic center on August 23, where his report for the same test came 'Positive'. We immediately started medication, but it was too late. We lost our Phuchka on August 27, what remained was the endless guilt of getting him tested at the wrong diagnostic centre. If you sign my petition, then the government could order regular audits and surprise checks of vet clinics & diagnostic centres in Kolkata. Phuchka will never come back to us, but lots of animals can be saved from the clutches of illegal vet care centres, if you join me in asking the government to crackdown on illegal and unqualified vet clinics and diagnostic centres and their machinery, in the city. I request you to sign this petition and share it with everyone you know in order to save animals from dying due to vested interests and negligence of unauthorised institutions.

Sayantan Mookherjee
3,320 supporters
Petitioning Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Law and Justice, Prime Minister of India, Maneka Gandhi

#JusticeForBuddy: मासूम पिल्ले के साथ बर्बरता की हदें पार करने वालों के खिलाफ़ कार्रवाई हो

बडी। एक छोटा सा, मासूम कुत्ते का पिल्ला, जिसको आए दिन बुरी तरह मारा-पीटा जाता था। उसके साथ बर्बरता की हदें इतनी पार की गईं कि उसकी जाँघों पर गहरी चोट पहुँचाकर तोड़ा गया और उसके गुप्तांग को भी चोट पहुँचाई गई। वो शायद दुबारा ठीक से ना चल पाए।जानते हैं उसकी गलती क्या थी? उसकी गलती ये थी कि वो एक बेज़ुबान जानवर है, जो एक ऐसे घर में है, जिसके मालिकों के दिल में दया और करुणा नाम की चीज़ नहीं। इस मामले में पुलिस ने नोएडा के निवासी ऋषभ मेहरा के खिलाफ़ मामला दर्ज किया है, जो बडी का मालिक है। लेकिन मीडिया रिपोर्टों के अनुसार उसने कथित रूप से पुलिस को घूस देने की कोशिश की। आरोपी अभी भी सलाखों के पीछे नहीं हैं।मैंने ये पेटीशन सिर्फ़ दो मकसद के लिए शुरू की है: 1. बडी के साथ बर्बरता की हदें पार करने वालों के खिलाफ़ सख्त से सख्त कार्रवाई की जाए ताकि ये घटना एक सबक बने उनके लिए जो बेज़ुबान जानवरों को नुकसान पहुँचाते हैं।2. जानवरों के प्रति क्रूरता के लिए लगाया जाने वाले अधिकतम जुर्माने की रकम को बढ़ाया जाए। अभी हाल ये है कि आप किसी भी कुत्ते, बिल्ली या किसी भी जानवर को तड़पा सकते हैं और महज़ 10-50 रुपया देकर बच सकते हैं। अभी पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता रोकथाम अधिनियम, 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) के तहत पशुओं को नुकसान पहुँचाने का जुर्माना 10-50 रुपये के बीच ही है। क्या इसी को इंसाफ़ कहते हैं? प्लीज़ मेरी पेटीशन साइन और शेयर करें, इसे अपने सोशल मीडिया में पोस्ट करें ताकि मासूम बडी को इंसाफ़ मिले और किसी जानवर के साथ ऐसी बर्बरता ना हो, ऐसी हिंसा ना हो जो बडी के साथ हुई।

Sukriti Chauhan
402,456 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Save the life of Arikomban ( Rice Tusker) and Other Elephants in Idukki, Kerala

Dear Madam,   I am writing to you with deep concern about the recent events unfolding in Idukki, Kerala regarding the translocation of an elephant named 'Arikomban'. The elephant was recently relocated from its natural habitat in Singakandam forest ( Chinnakanal, Idukki) where he had been living for over 30 years,  to Periyar Tiger Reserve, as per the orders of the high court. However, there are serious concerns about the welfare of Arikomban due to the forest department's history of recent unsuccessful captures resulting in the deaths of a bear and an elephant.   The process of relocating Arikomban involved administering heavy doses of tranquilizers and using four kumki elephants, resulting in severe wounds to his trunk during the 12-hour journey. Although it is said that he has been released in the inner forest area with a GPS collar tied around his neck, no visuals have been released about his current condition after relocation. The heavy sedation and untreated injury on his trunk add to the uncertainty and anxiety about the current situation. If the wound on his trunk isn't treated promptly, he may not be able to eat or drink water, which could result in serious health issues.Also, the court has been made aware that Arikomban's vision is impaired in one of his eyes.   Furthermore, the elephants in Idukki are already struggling with severe food shortages, and the residential area in the elephant trail has reduced the available food and water sources for these majestic creatures. This has led to elephant-human conflict. It is worth noting that the news channels in Kerala claimed that Arikomban has killed more than ten people, which is not even verified or confirmed by the Forest department of Kerala, and nobody has witnessed him killing anyone.   As an animal lover, I am appealing to you to take urgent action to protect Arikomban and track his whereabouts. The forest officers involved in this situation must be instructed to take all necessary precautions to safeguard the well-being of Arikomban and other elephants in the forest. The situation demands a prompt and effective response to ensure the safety and well-being of these magnificent animals. Moreover, there are more than 50 elephants in the Chinnakanal area. The Kerala High Court has expressed that Arikomban's translocation is not a solution to the ongoing man-animal conflicts. Instead, it emphasized the need for long-term measures to address the problems created by the human race.   Therefore, I urge you to intervene immediately to protect Arikomban and other animals in Idukki's forest. I would be grateful if you could keep me updated on any additional information or support I can provide to address this urgent matter.   Thank you for your attention and consideration in this matter.   Sincerely,   [Vishnu]

Vishnu Panicker
2,877 supporters
Petitioning Narendra Modi, Maneka Gandhi, Gauri maulekhi, Anjali Gopalan, Ram Nath Kovind, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Peta India, Government of India

Let's be a voice for animal rights.

Dear citizens, We are writing on behalf of the Animal Justice Project initiated by small group of students of Jayshree Periwal International School to request your support in urging the Hon’ble Prime Minister to increase the penalties for animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Animals across the country suffer immense cruelty every single day. Animals on the streets, in pet trade, in laboratories, in circuses, animals employed for transportation, and many others are vulnerable to constant abuse and neglect. Various studies have revealed a shocking propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offences towards human victims. This is the reason why countless instances of animal cruelty and abuse in India must therefore be seen as a forewarning. Unfortunately, the offences amounting to cruelty under the Act are not cognizable (other than animal fights, shooting animals & injecting harmful chemicals), which prevents the law enforcement agencies  3 Billion animals get killed everyday JUST FOR FOOD. Under Section 428 of the IPC, a person can face a 2 year jail term for killing, or maiming a pet animal worth Rs. 10 and a 5 year jail term if the pet was Rs 50 or more. Even though there are all these rules, people still do it and act as if nothing ever happened.  It’s not like animals don't feel pain. We do know that the animals are first stunned, before they are killed so that they don’t feel pain, but their loved ones, their family miss them too. Now, I want you to imagine what I’m about to say, happening to you. Some monster separates you and your parents when you’re just a baby. Sounds terrifying doesn’t it? That’s exactly what happens to millions of animal families everyday! We don’t understand why humans aren’t ready to live with animals in harmony. Murdering animals is just unacceptable. Animal abusers being able to get away with a heinous crime of hurting a harmless animal prevents us as a country from reaching the greatness that we are destined for. Thus, it is essential to strengthen the Act and thereby redeem our culture of non-violence and compassion. We request you to support this petition, and help us in urging the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, urging him/them to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960, by making all actions & omissions amounting to cruelty to animals cognizable and updating the penalty prescribed to inflation corrected amounts as of 2020. As a citizen of India, only you have this golden opportunity to make a difference in the lives of billions of animals, to alleviate their suffering and prevent infliction of pain & suffering on them.Please utilize this opportunity so that the amendment is made and billions of lives are made better. Sign The Petition. Thank You Team Pawneers Animal Justice Project  

Saarthak Behl
2,743 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Animal Welfare Board of India, P M narendramodi, Forest department kerala

Justice for Ambalapuzha Vijaya Krishnan who has been killed by his mahouts

Tusker Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan, owned by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), has been killed at the Sree Krishna Swami temple premises here on Thursday morning(08/04/2021). According to devaswom officials, the 51-year-old elephant had been suffering from various health issues for the past few days. That poor elephant underwent severe torture at the hands of his mahouts for several months from January 2020( completely swollen legs, injury near his eyes and various parts of the body) but none of the authority took any action against this cruelty even though few animal activists requested. Devaswom officials continuously paraded him in various temples of Kollam and Pathanamthitta districtsof kerala, which caused further deterioration of its health . Without proper food and water he he has been illtreated and tortured continuously along with the prolonged parades. The devaswom allowed the elephant’s parading at Thevalakkara last month in spite of the severe injuries allegedly inflicted on its body by the mahout. Surprisingly, the devaswom veterinarian also issued a certificate claiming the tusker was fit to be paraded. After the issue was raised with forest officials, they intervened and put a stop to the parading. The elephant was shifted back, but it was probably too late according to an activist #copied . devaswom president A Padmakumar, veterinarians who gave him fitness, his mahouts are the culprits. I am sure that Govt. of Kerala and wild life department will not take any action on this incident and  kindly join together and raise voice to give justice to the departed soul of our beloved " ambalappuzha vijayakrishnan". thanks in advance   References  1. 2. 3.

Vivek K viswanath
2,193 supporters
Petitioning Peta India, Maneka Gandhi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Shri Prakash Javedkar (Cabinet Minister - Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

Change Animal Rights in India

Hi, guys. In today's India, where animal abuse is at its peak, we have to change animal rights in India. The current animal rights in India are not enough to protect every animal and every animal being slaughtered. Please use the hashtag #changeanimalrightsinindia to share this. What we can do is to urge the Indian government to change animal rights in India and also increase the penalty for animal abuse in India. If we are successful in changing animal rights in India, then we can also be able to bring that change to the rest of the world.  So, overall, we have to create a better and kinder world for animals.  Our Constitution casts a duty on every citizen to show compassion towards animals and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 punishes all kinds of crimes against animals with a fine of just 50 Rupees, which does not prevent an abuser from abusing animals, but this small penalty promotes an animal abuser to do horrific abuse on animals.  Both the above constitutional provisions were introduced by the 42nd Amendment in 1976. While they are not directly enforceable in Indian courts, they lay down the groundwork for legislation, policies and state directives in furtherance of animal protection at the central and state levels. Moreover, they may be enforced in courts by taking an expansive judicial interpretation and bringing them within the ambit of the fundamental right to life and liberty under Article 21, which is judicially enforceable. Recently in India, an elephant died after suspected firecrackers hidden in fruit exploded in her mouth. This elephant is pregnant and carrying a newborn.  So, please kindly share this and sign the petition to change animal rights in India. We have to follow this hashtag.  #animalrights #vegan #govegan #animalliberation #animals #veganism #animallovers #veganfortheanimals #crueltyfree #animallover #vegansofig #friendsnotfood #peta #plantbased #animal #veganlife #animalrescue #compassion #adoptdontshop #love #animalwelfare #animalrightsactivist #vegansofinstagram #wildlife #animalcruelty #vegancommunity #dogs #veganfood #earthlings #bhfyp

Siddhant Chaubey
2,021 supporters
#JusticeForBuddy: मासूम पिल्ले के साथ बर्बरता की हदें पार करने वालों के खिलाफ़ कार्रवाई हो

प्रिय नागरिकों, जानवरों पर आए दिन बढ़ रही हिंसा एक चिंता का विषय है। हर दूसरे दिन भारत के कई हिस्सों से किसी बेज़ुबान के साथ बर्बरता की ख़बरें आती हैं। कुछ हफ्ते पहले सोशल मीडिया पर मुझे 6 महीने के लैब्राडोर पपी, बडी का एक भयावह वीडियो मिला, जिसमें उसे बेल्ट से मारा-पीटा जा रहा था। हम जानवरों पर इस प्रकार की हिंसा को सामान्य घटना कहकर अनदेखा नहीं कर सकते। पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता रोकथाम अधिनियम, 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) अंग्रेजों के कानून को बदलने और तब के समय में जानवरों को हिंसा से बचाने के लिए एक सार्थक प्रयास था। लेकिन तब से लेकर अब तक इसमें दिए सज़ा के प्रावधानों जैसे कि जानवरों पर हिंसा के लिए जुर्माने की रकम को नहीं बढ़ाया गया है। 6 दशक बाद भी ये जुर्माना 10 से 50 रुपये के बीच है। एक सांसद होने के नाते मैं 1.5 लाख से ज़्यादा लोगों द्वारा समर्थित सुकृति चौहान की पेटीशन के साथ खड़ी हूँ। मेरा मानना है कि उन्होंने एक बहुत गंभीर विषय को उठाया है। ये सही समय है जानवरों के खिलाफ हिंसा के जुर्माने को बढ़ाने का ताकि ऐसे अपराध में कमी आए। मैं हमारी केंद्र सरकार से विनम्र आग्रह करूँगी कि पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता रोकथाम अधिनियम, 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) में तुरंत संशोधन किया जाए ताकि जानवरों के खिलाफ हिंसा के लिए कड़ी सज़ा हो और अधिक जुर्माना लगाया जा सके। हम सबको मिलकर प्रयास करना होगा कि आगे से किसी बडी के साथ ऐसी निर्मम घटना ना हो। मेरा मानना है कि सरकार और हम जन प्रतिनिधियों को अपने हिस्से का काम करना ही होगा ताकि भारत में हर जानवर सुरक्षित हो। धन्यवाद, मेनका गाँधी सांसद, लोकसभा @Manekagandhibjp

2 years ago
#JusticeforBuddy - Punish the perpetrators and Increase Penalty for Animal Cruelty

Dear Citizens, The growing spate of atrocities against animals is great cause for concern. Every other day another horrific case comes to light in different parts of states in India. Just a few weeks ago I came across a horrifying video on the internet where a six-month-old Labrador puppy called Buddy was being brutally beaten with a belt. We cannot allow violence against any animal to be normalised. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 was enacted to replace a colonial legislation and sought to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering on animals. However, the quantum of punishment i.e. the penalties, has not been reviewed even once in the six decades. The existing law stipulates a penalty between Rs 10 and Rs 50 for any act of cruelty against animals, including beating, kicking, torturing, starving and mutilating the animal. As a Member of Parliament, I extend my full support to Sukriti Singh and the 1 lakh 50 thousand signatories of her petition. I believe that they have raised an important matter. It is time for the penalty for animal cruelty to be increased so that such crimes are deterred. I request our central government to urgently​ ​amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, to provide an effective deterrent and ensure stricter penalties and punishments are imposed. We cannot afford to have any more Buddys suffer. I truly believe that we in government need to do our bit to ensure that animals in India are safe. Thank you, Maneka Gandhi Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha @Manekagandhibjp

2 years ago