Enforcement of new provisions in Indian laws regarding prevention of stray animal cruelty

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As we all have noticed that in recent times, cruelty to animals have increased a lot in India. Recently, there was a heinous incident at NRS medical college and hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, where 16 puppies and a dog were killed ruthlessly. Previously also there were many incidents recorded regarding cruelty to animals which were totally inhuman.

Even the Constitution of India states that it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.

Keeping in view of the aforesaid fundamental duties, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was enacted in 1960 to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals and to amend the laws relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals. After the enactment of this Act, the Animal Board of India was formed for the promotion of animal welfare.

Thereafter, the Government of India enacted Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 with the objective of effectively protecting the wild life of this country and to control poaching, smuggling and illegal trade in wildlife and its derivatives. The Act was amended in January 2003 and punishment and penalty for offences under the Act have been made more stringent. The Ministry has proposed further amendments in the law by introducing more rigid measures to strengthen the Act. The objective is to provide protection to the listed endangered flora and fauna and ecologically important protected areas.

But it seems that though the above statutes are in force, the applicability of the Acts are weak as there are no rigid and/or definite provisions safeguarding the stray animals. We all need to come together and demand enforcement of new provisions in the statutes where the speechless species (particularly stray animals) can be safeguarded in our inhuman society.

We are taking a stand point on this and we require your hands of cooperation for making this move a success. We urge you to come forward and support us to compel the Government for enforcement of new provisions and/or amendment of existing laws safeguarding the stray animals. Our motto for this movement is “No Enforcement No Vote”. If giving vote is a fundamental right, then it should be kept in mind that prevention of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals or prevention of cruelty to animals is also a fundamental duty.

Please share this message to all the persons you know as we need your massive support for this movement. Thanking you in anticipation.

From an animal lover.