Ukhrul: Moments after a video of a man shooting and killing a cow went viral on social media, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fired off a letter to the Superintendent of Police, Ukhrul, urging to register a First Information Report (FIR).
The group then worked closely with the Saujanya Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ukhrul, to register the FIR including Section 429 of The Indian Penal Code, Sections 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960 and Section 25(1C) of the Arms Act, 1959.
"PETA India commends the efforts of the Manipur police and thanks them for their clear message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated”, said Meet Ashar, the PETA India Emergency Response Team Associate Manager, adding, “The trauma this cow must have gone through is hard to imagine. Since people who are cruel to animals often move on to harming humans, it's imperative for the public to report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for society's safety."
In June last year, while the nation was still mourning the death of the pregnant elephant in Kerala who was fed an explosive, the mouth of a pregnant cow in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, was blown off after she was fed a firecracker wrapped in wheat flour.
A first information report was filed against the accused, and he was arrested.
Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurt other animals or humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the nation's PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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