The news recently surfaced all over the social media and created a buzz among the dog lovers.
PETA India swung into a full action mode after it learnt about the two teens gouging out dog’s eyeballs and brutally slamming his head with a bamboo stick for eating a chicken that belonged to them.
It gained traction when the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India joined hands with the Aurangabad Pet Lovers Association (APLA) and Aurangabad City Police to book a formal complaint, FIR against the duo teens.
It was Berryl Sanchis, founder and President of APLA, who lodged a formal complaint based on which the FIR got registered. Sanchis had earlier received the video of a brutal attack against the dog over WhatsApp. Having identified the locality where it took place, she connected with her team and cordoned off to the owner of the dog. He then confirmed the video and revealed the incident of his dog been inhumanely killed by two unidentified persons. The team went on to enquire and finally nabbed the youths who accepted to have killed the dog as it has killed their chicken.
Sanchis then contacted PETA, and the Satara Police booked an FIR. The case is booked under sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 11(1)(a) of the prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
“It is disturbing to see more and more children are abusing animals just for fun,” says Berryl Sanchis, president of the APLA. “We urge our government to involve animal care and welfare in the school syllabus and make them visit local animal shelters to bring awareness that – even animals are sentient beings who feel pain and carry emotions, just like us.”
PETA India lauds the effort of the Aurangabad City police in taking steps against the animal cruelty that will send a strong message in the society, and any such inhumane act won’t be tolerated, said Ashar, who is the associate manager of the PETA India Emergency Response Team.
Ashar earlier came to know about this brutal animal cruelty case in Aurangabad city. It was shocking to learn that a 17-year-old teen thrashed the dog with a bamboo stick, and the other boy was filming this insane act.
PETA India is of the view that the duo teens need to undergo psychiatric evaluations and attend counselling sessions as assaulting animals signify a deep state of mental disturbance. Research suggests that people who harm animals go on to become repeat offenders and harm humans too.
For instance, Ameerul Islam raped and murdered many dogs and goats before being awarded the death sentence for raping and killing Kerala law student Jisha. Another study of domestic violence in which over 60% of women said that their abusive partners had killed or attacked their dogs or other pets.
PETA India has appealed to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which in fact is outdated and holds insufficient penalties, such as a fine of 50 rupees for convicted first-time offenders.