For Protection of Dog

/ Letter to the Editor / Sunday, 04 April 2021 17:33

Dear Hon’ble CM,

With utmost respect, I, on behalf of Dog Protection Society ( DPS), Manipur beg to your goodself to kindly take up necessary legal action against those pet killers with regards to cases of cruelty to pets (animals) especially to dogs who are considered to be loyal to their masters at all times.
The DPS also would like bring to your kind attention, if possible to initiate as the first state in India under your goodself apropos the petition addressed to the Hon’ble PM Modi that over 7.5 lakh people have signed a petition addressed to PM Modi urging him to intervene and amend provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, which provides for a penalty of only Rs 50 in cases of cruelty to animals.
The petition was initiated by the NGOs, People For Animals (PFA) and Humane Society International/India (HSI) pointing out that the animal cruelty cases that get reported in the country are “just a blip on the radar and most cases are never reported”, Gauri Maulekhi, trustee of PFA, said that “despite being a punishable criminal offence, cruelty against animals continues unabated in the country given the absence of a deterrent penalty in law.”
Alokparna Sengupta, managing director, HIS India, added that “It is high time the PCA Act was amended to create an effective deterrent.”
“The Act was enacted to replace a colonial legislation and sought to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering on animals. However, quantum of punishment, that is, the penalties has not been reviewed even once in the six decades of the Act’s existence. The past year has seen some of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty in India – each horrific case highlighted the inability of the current law to protect animals,” she said.
Animal lovers say that it is ironic that even as India has one of the most stringent Acts in the world to protect its wild animals — Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
But the non-wild animals like dogs, cats, etc are not effectively protected as any torture to them is covered under the PCA Act whose penalty amount is hardly a deterrent.
With lakhs of people signing the petition in just around a fortnight — the campaign began on January 19 — Maulekhi says that the response has been overwhelming.
“It is heartening to see that among the signatories are Bollywood actors like Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor and Pooja Bhatt to name a few. That so many people relate to the need to give more teeth to laws to prevent cruelty to animals speaks about the urgent need for the PCA Act to be amended,” she added.
In view of the of the above premises, kindly consider this letter of mine in favorable light.
And for this act of kindness, I shall ever remain indebted to your goodself.
Yours faithfully
Sanjoo Thangjam
Member of Dog Protection Society (DPS)
Ph. No. 9774225618

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