64 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Shri Narendra Modi

No More 50 – Increase Penalty for Animal Cruelty In India

Dear Citizen,We are writing to you on behalf of People for Animals - Public Policy Foundation and Humane Society International/India, the country's largest animal protection organisations to request your support in urging the Hon’ble Prime Minister to increase the penalties for animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Animals across the country suffer immense cruelty every single day. Animals on the streets, in pet trade, in laboratories, in circuses, animals employed for transportation, and many others are vulnerable to constant abuse and neglect. Various studies have revealed a shocking propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offences towards human victims. This is the reason why countless instances of animal cruelty and abuse in India must therefore be seen as a forewarning.Unfortunately, the offences amounting to cruelty under the Act are not cognizable (other than animal fights, shooting animals & injecting harmful chemicals), which prevents the law enforcement agencies from taking immediate action. Additionally the offenders, even after conviction, are let off by paying a penalty of Rs 50, the penalty prescribed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The penalties under this Act, which start from Rs 10 to Rs 50 for a first time offender and Rs 100 for a repeat offender, have not been revised in the past 60 years and have long since become ineffective in deterring animal cruelty. As a result, the law enforcement agencies are severely de-moralised when people accused of heinous crimes against animals, such as killing and mutilating or torturing animals, go scot free because of the out-dated penalties.While moving the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill on 12th December, 1960 in the Parliament, the then Hon’ble Minister of Food and Agriculture Shri S.K.Patil stated: “At the outset, I may say I do not claim that this is an ideal Bill. After 70 years, we are making an attempt for the first time to put on the statute at least something that will ultimately lead us on to the ideal bill, after some years of experience.”Sadly, even after 60 years from the enactment and a great amount of experience later, the parliament has not taken up the amendment to the PCA Act 1960. The recent spate of sadistic animal abuse that has come to light includes and is not limited to skinning dogs and cats alive, hanging animals to death, sexual abuse of animals, setting animals to fire, crushing animals to death etc. In several instances videos of such acts have been put in social media by the perpetrators for popularity. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its verdict in the case of Animal Welfare Board of India Vs. A. Nagaraja, dated 07.05.2014, has also directed that penalties under the PCA Act be revised. An extract of the relevant directions is as below- Parliament is expected to make proper amendment of the PCA Act to provide an effective deterrent to achieve the object and purpose of the Act and for violation of Section 11, adequate penalties and punishments should be imposed. Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour.Article 51 A (g) of the Constitution of India makes it incumbent upon every citizen of the country to be compassionate towards all living creatures. In neglecting to amend the Act so as to enable it to achieve its objective i.e., preventing animal cruelty, not only do we fail to comply with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, but we also fail to fulfill our fundamental duty as prescribed in the Constitution of India.Ahimsa and compassion are integral to our culture and our being. The Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, had said “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Animal abusers being able to get away with a heinous crime of hurting a harmless animal prevents us as a country from reaching the greatness that we are destined for. Thus, it is essential to strengthen the Act and thereby redeem our culture of non-violence and compassion.We request you to support this petition to Sh. Narender Modi our Hon’ble Prime Minister and Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, urging him/them to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960, by making all actions & omissions amounting to cruelty to animals cognizable and updating the penalty prescribed to inflation corrected amounts as of 2020.As a citizen of India, only you have this golden opportunity to make a difference in the lives of billions of animals, to alleviate their suffering and prevent infliction of pain & suffering on them. Please utilize this opportunity so that the amendment is made and billions of lives are made better. Sign The Petition.Thank you.Gauri MaulekhiTrusteePeople For Animals - Public Policy Foundation Alokparna SenguptaManaging DirectorHumane Society International/India

Gauri Maulekhi
355,673 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,

Help stop the brutality to our wildlife!

It was with a profound sense of sorrow and grief that I read the story of the latest wild animal to fall victim to the pathetic excuse of man-animal conflict. A majestic elephant – a gentle and human-friendly wild animal that often strolled through hamlets and villages in Bokkapuram and Mavanalla (under the Masinagudi Range and the Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve), was set upon by humans – systematically and brutally. He was an easygoing pachyderm, a lumbering, gentle giant with a very trusting nature. But that did not stop some people from cruelly setting his back on fire. A gaping wound behind one ear was another indication of the savagery that this hapless animal endured. Check out this link for the video of how this elephant sustained the burn injuries - but be warned that the video is both shocking and heart-wrenching:  Days went by and there was no succour – not even from the guardians of the forest – our much vaunted Forest Department. When help finally came, it was too little and too late. This gentle giant succumbed to his injuries on 19th January this year. I appeal to you to please sign this petition calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances around the injuries and death of this elephant and demand that the guilty are brought to book and punished as per the law of our land. For too long we have not taken any action. For too long we have ‘swiped left’. Take a stand. Ask for justice for this elephant and for stricter investigation and punishment according to law for all those who hurt, maim or kill our wildlife. Our voiceless wildlife needs your voice. Please, sign this petition.   

Edgar Allan
1,489 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Trivendra Singh Rawat, Principal secretary of conservation of forests, Wildlife warden, NBWL

Save 500 Trees from being chopped in Purkul,Kimadi Village Dehradun. Home to leopards,Deer

Respected Sir,  The road construction for Purkul to Kimadi has started . It is being told that this new route will connect Kandriyana, Choti bitharli, badi bitharli, under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.  But the situation is completely opposite. This route will only start from the old route of Choti bhitarli and reach all the way to Kimadi plot. Due to which the other attached villages will be completely deprived from this new road.  They will have to take the old route called the kaccha Rasta made by them.  Then why is this route being made in the first place? When the villagers can't take advantage of it.  During the construction of the road, the debris of the hillsides will be  being thrown down the mountain, due to which River Tons flowing by that supplies 40 villages a clean drinking water will soon be polluted and its existence will eventually come under threat.  This area is rich in wildlife. Many schedule 1 fauna are found and spotted here as well from the  leopards, peacocks, Hares, woodpeckers, hornbills, Deer,wild boars, moniter lizards a common sight. This construction will impact their habitat.   Hundreds of trees will also be chopped due to the construction of this road, which is not needed, so the construction of this road should be immediately stopped to protect the sentiments of the villagers and the diversity of the region. Repairment of the Kaccha road taken by the villagers will not only save time but save the biodiversity the rivers the agriculture as well.  Thanking you.  Aanchal Sharma         

Aanchal Sharma
19,011 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to National board for wildlife, Karnataka CMO, PMO India

Save Western Ghats from annihilation

The wildlife board has been very active in sanctioning projects having huge ADVERSE impact on bio diversity during the covid lock down period without having any regard to the rich biodiversity.The National Board For Wildlife has accorded sanction for more than 30 projects via video conference in the first week of April (Source: Deccan Herald- 31-05-2020). The projects which have been approved are located deep in the Eco sensitive fragile system and cover some of the rich bio diversity hot spots in Western Ghats, full of exotic and rare flora and fauna, alike, which are already under great pressure and on the verge of disappearance. Some of the projects, having large scale adverse impact, which have been given a nod are: (Source: Deccan Herald 31-05-2020) Hubballi-Ankola Railway Project (596 ha) Kaiga Atomic Power Plant expansion (54 ha forest lands) Sharavati pumped storage hydro electric projects (150 ha lands- classified as endangered by IUCN)  Over the last 3 decades, around 23.07 million trees have been cut in Karnataka out of  382.22 Million trees cut throughout India. Karnataka's share in tree cutting is 6.03% of the national average (Source- Deccan Herald article-31-05-2020). If we do not stop this wanton destruction, then our future generation will see forests only in books and calendars, not to say that our own generation will also be affected. Let us join hands in desisting the government authorities from taking up such projects which will have a huge impact on nature and in saving the wildlife, nature and humanity. This will lead to human and wildlife conflict and will cause untold damage to the Eco system. Further, loss of bio diversity hot spots will cause an increase in human and animal conflicts. Here is what the government authorities fail to see: Economy cannot take priority over environment and biodiversity. Human-animal conflict is expensive for the government in monetary terms such as providing for compensations to the families affected, salaries and wages for the personnel deployed. Climate change that occurs as a result of the large scale destruction, leads to an increase in diseases and pandemics which affect primarily humans. Native environmentalists and wildlife activists Dr. Honnemaradu Swamy and Smt. Nomito Kamdar (Narishakti awardee) have provided their complete support for the cause. Let us all join hands and protest against this destruction and appeal to the concerned authorities to not go ahead with the approvals accorded. Let us all stand up for mother nature. LET US PROTECT NATURE TO PROTECT US.

Kakkadasam Sridhar
5,436 supporters