Is any Animal lover out there? As we all know, in India are a little more hopeful about the future of strays in the country. After the Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to hear a appeal for re-examining the existing laws against animal cruelty, reported by The Times of India. Isn’t it a very very very very good news?
Recently, several heinous crimes against stray animals were reported from across the country, such as the case of the Bengaluru woman who thrashed a collateral of puppies to death on a boulder, in front of their mother, allegedly to teach the dog a lesson. Cruelty level!!!! Thousands of similar cases take place every day but most of them go unreported and the criminals usually face no penalty. The tragic part is that many don’t even recognize such cruelty as crimes.
Though, there is no separate provision for the protection of animals in the Indian Constitution. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, says that a fine of Rs. 50 is applicable to first time offences against animals. Offences against pets are dealt with under the category of “Property”.
Many people are agitated by the problem of strays and it’s not surprising in some cases as over 20,000 people die in India every year due to rabies, caused by dog bites. However, the problem is that people often prefer plucking strays rather than dealing with them in a sensible manner.
Similarly, Child abuse and domestic violence have also been linked to animal cruelty. The Bench has asked the Centre to look into the issue of rigid penalisation for animal cruelty. As the extracts continue, a lot of innocent lives hang with uncertainty in the balance.
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