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Stop Condoning Animal Cruelty by Students. Take Action !

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Recently, a video was posted by some students of SRM university showing a fellow student Logesh Sihag sneaking up to a dog while he was eating and kicking him violently. The dog fell 15 feet down and started crying while there was loud cheering by SRM college students.

Soon, this video, meant to be funny, was posted online by the students and it went viral in Chennai.  A lot of Chennai residents were shocked at the violence and cruelty portrayed in the video and there were widespread protests. Staff from Blue Cross of India, a leading animal welfare organization filed a complaint in a local police station against Logesh Sihag and his friends. But so far, no action has been taken.

But the more shocking aspect was the response of the university to this incident. Despite numerous requests from Chennai residents and many animal welfare organizations and shelters, the college authorities have completely ignored this incident. In fact they have not even bothered to issue a statement. They have also been unavailable to acknowledge the requests and complaints from fellow concerned residents. The university has also not been co-operative with the police investigation and has, in fact, withheld information pertaining to Logesh Sihag's whereabouts.

SRM University is a well known educational institute in Chennai, India. By condoning this incident the institute is sending a wrong message to its students, students in other educational institutions and the society.  This institute recently hosted the Indian Biodiversity Congress bringing together environmentalists, conversationalists and scientists to conserve the biodiversity of the country. But they fail to understand the fundamental point that conservation begins with respecting the environment and animals. By allowing such an open act of violence they are sending conflicting messages to the society. This also reflects on their ambiguous professionalism standards for their students.

To create a better society in general the educational institutions need to impart to their students the importance of empathy and respect towards all living beings especially those who cannot protect themselves. By condoning such acts of violence by its students, the college can not graduate responsible citizens.

We request SRM University to take strong action against Logesh Sihag and students who applauded this shameful act and co-operate with the police investigation.





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