Decision Maker Response

Maneka Gandhi’s response

Jan 15, 2021 — 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