For Increasing Punishment against Animal Cruelty Immediately.

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Cases of animal abuse continue unabated in India, with many going unreported. If you ask the lay Indian, he/she may not even be aware that animals have basic rights and that it is, for instance, wrong to pelt stones at a stray dog.

A big reason for this is the petty fine attached to such a crime — Killing of an animal/pet is illegal and its is an offence being to cruelty on animals as defined under Section 11of The Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Act. It is a cognizable offence under Section 428 and Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 428 of the IPC deals with the punishment for committing mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering useless any animal or animals of the value of 10 rupees or upwards. The punishment for such acts/offences are simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with a fine, or with both. While Section 429 of the IPC deals with the punishment for the same nature of crime but for the animals of the value of 50 rupees or upwards. It must be immediately lodged as an F.I.R with the area police station. The punishment in this case will be imprisonment of either description for a term, which may extend to five years or with a fine, or with both.

While the amount was considerable back when the law was drafted, it is a laughable amount today. For years, activists have been demanding that the penalty be increased, so that there is #NoMore50. Then in 2018 there seems to be light at the far end of the tunnel, as the government, after considerable pressure from the Supreme Court, is considering hiking the penalty 120 times, to Rs 6,000. Since #NoMore50 campaign in 2016, there have been a series of comments from the government on increasing the fine. The fine of Rs 50 was ridiculous; Rs 6,000 is a respectable amount. Hopefully, this will see the light of day before the next elections. Of course, it needs to be tabled in parliament for it to be passed, but there is a ray of light and hope that there will be a revision.

As the cruelty rate is been increasing drastically these days either we take “dog gets drowned for tik tok video” or “the pregnant Elephant’s case from kerala.” So, it is a need to take the initiative and come together so that this revision in the Act gets done immediately.

Join us in appealing to fast track the revision of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960 to increase the maximum penalty for animal abuse cases.



Petition by- Magic Paws

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