After learning that a group of men allegedly killed a community dog outside Butati Dham Temple in Nagaur by beating the animal with a stick, PETA India worked with senior officials of Nagaur police to have a first information report (FIR) registered. The FIR has been registered under sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, and Section 11(1) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The cruel incident was reported to PETA India by a concerned citizen who visited the temple and found the dog’s body in a pool of blood. The animal was barely alive after the vicious attack and died soon after.
PETA India also recommends that the perpetrators undergo psychiatric evaluation and receive counselling, as abusing animals indicates deep psychological disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals, including humans. For example, Ameerul Islam, sentenced to death for raping and murdering Kerala law student Jisha, had a history of raping and killing dogs and goats. In a study published in 1998 in the Journal of Emotional Abuse of abused women who sought shelter at a safe home and who had companion animals, 71% confirmed that their partner had threatened, injured, or killed the animals.
PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders, although the IPC does prescribe stronger punishments. In a proposal sent to the central government regarding an amendment to the PCA Act, PETA India has recommended significantly increasing penalties for cruelty to animals.
Those who abuse animals often move on to harming humans. It is imperative that members of the public report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety.