- Shri Narendra ModiHonourable Prime Minister of India
- Smt. Sumitra MahajanSpeaker, Lok Sabha
Increase penalties for animal abuse!
Yet another animal treated mercilessly, yet another incident of inaction.
The country is up in arms against the cruel treatment of the dog by the medical students in Chennai. Yet, we will again fail to do justice to the dog. Why? Because India's animal protection law is as good as non - existent.This is because of the meagre penal provision that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 provides. For a maximum of 50 rupees, the accused rather plead guilty, pay the fine and walk away.
This along with the recent spate of animal abuse that has come to light in the past year - be it the stabbing of dogs in Delhi, the cold-blooded murder of 8 puppies in Bangalore in front of the mother dog, the acid attack on a pony in Hyderabad or the killing of police service horse in Dehradun, has shocked the collective conscience of this Nation. The call for an effective deterrent in law has only grown louder. Several Members of Parliament have written to the Environment Ministry in the past 6 months, spoken about it in the parliament and submitted a private member bill yet the Government of India continues to turn a blind eye to the immense suffering of animalss. The present penalties for animal abuse is just ₹50. The law has not been amended since the year 1960. As you finish reading this petition and while you think of signing it and sharing it on social media, there would be another hundred thousand animals kicked, beaten, maimed, stabbed, burnt, hung and flung. Some would die and some would be rendered immobile for life.
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- Honourable Prime Minister of India
Shri Narendra Modi
- Speaker, Lok Sabha
Smt. Sumitra Mahajan
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress is judged by the way its animals are treated” – M K Gandhi
The virtue of kindness to all beings is enshrined in our constitution and our culture. It is thus apposite that we ought to ensure that our laws stand as a deterrent to anyone who abuses animals. The recent spate of animal abuse cases including that of dog thrown from a terrace in Chennai, dog stabbing in Delhi, or killing of one month old puppies in Bangalore that shocked the nation, the acid attack on a pony in Hyderabad or Shaktiman, the police horse’s tragedy, perpetrators of such violence and cruelty need to get punished so that they don't dare to hurt a living being again. There is an unimaginable amount of suffering that could be prevented by deterring those who think it is easy to get away with cruelty to animals brought the issue of animal welfare laws to the limelight.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA act) has been framed in the year 1960 and the penalties in the act have not been revisited ever since. I am certain you would agree that a mere fine of 50 rupees is in no way a deterrent for a person whose only intention is to hurt an animal. I am also certain that you would agree that the cost of an animal’s life is more than that same 50 rupees.
In the year 2014, through a landmark judgement in the A Nagarajan v/s Union of India case, the Honourable Supreme Court of India directed the government to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. The Supreme Court stated “….Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries in the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour”. Despite this directive by the apex court, the law still remains in its original form.
We the undersigned find the fact that the guilty would walk away with a mere fine of 50 rupees is disrespectful to any animal who has either lost its life due to violence or has been scarred forever.
We, the undersigned, urge you to amend the existing PCA act to increase the penalties for animal abuse. We are hopeful that this will bring dignity to the lives of all animal citizens of our nation - the birth place of Ahimsa.
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