Strict laws against animal cruelty & abuse

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Recently, We have seen many animal cruelty cases in India. Now, its a high time govt of India should reform its laws against animal cruelty and abuse. Following are the few of many animal cases:

1.On 28 April 2020, A pregnant dog (April) was brutally beaten to death by two women at Samantarapur in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. Her two prematurely born puppies also succumbed to death several days after the incident.

2. On 5th May 2020, a street dog (Mangal) beaten up, strangled, dragged on a bike and thrown in Nala, left to die in Kasarwadi, Pune by a coward named Bunty phooge.

3. On 9th May 2020, another street dog (Hope) was brutally beaten with iron rod and killed in Ashiyana Locality of Lucknow.

last year, a dog named Lucky was brutally beaten while seeking shelter in a residential complex during heavy rain.

On the behalf of all the animals and animal lovers, i would like to request the Govt of India, Honorable PM Shri Narendra Modi, Animal welfare board of India & Shri Sharad Singh Negi (Chairman AWBI) to amnd and reform laws against animal cruelty. 

Following are some suggestions/request/appeal:

 

1. Provide constitutional recognition to animals, with a constitutional provision warranting the protection of "the dignity of the creature".

2. A/c to Section 11 (i) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 - In case of abandoning an animal, the fine is INR 50 only. If repeated in 3 years then the person has to pay INR 25 & 100 or imprisonment of 3 months only. Here, neither the fine nor the imprisonment is strict enough to prevent people from harming animals. It should be amended by 10 years of imprisonment in case of abandoning an animal or 15 years in case of leaving it in a situation that it suffers pain due to starvation or thirst.

3. The fine for Killing, poisoning, maiming or torturing an animal is INR 10 or 2 years of imprisonment under Section 428 and Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code. Again, the amount is so minuscule that places no value on an animal's life.. There should be imprisonment of 15-20 years with a fine of minimum INR 35000

4. Under section 11 (1) (h) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 If an owner fails to provide its pet with sufficient food, drink or shelter, he/she shall be liable for punishment. But the fine  extends to mere ₹50 with a subsequent crime committed within three years of the first one to be fined with ₹25- ₹100. It should be raised to INR 10,000

Covid-19 is somewhere a result of animal abuse and mother nature has punished us for not respecting its creatures.It is a high time we need to come ahead and become the voice of the voiceless. They are not powerful but we are. They cant speak for themselves but we can speak for them.