“We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them — exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.”
While I was researching on the topic of animal abuse, I was wondering is there really “an urgent need” to reform laws against animal cruelty? I mean like you all even I thought that maybe we have some more pressing issues to focus on rather than animal cruelty (no offense). This was before I was aware of this situation in depth. I am sure the example I am about to state must be relatable to every one of you: you log in to your social networking site and you see so many people posting pictures and stories with their pet animals, lovingly holding their pets and clicking pictures. And suddenly you scroll down and you see an injured animal’s picture with captions ” we need your help” we need love”.
Isn’t that a little contradictory? And in between all these thoughts, I received a call from a friend. So I started telling him about this topic and my observation. And what he said was something I wouldn’t have believed in the first place. He told me that the lovely pictures which I saw on the social sites were merely a mirage for the sake of “virtual life”. Again, I am not saying that all of them do the same but not all of them are the same. So he informed me that a person that he knows behaves very coldly and harshly with his pet and sometimes even uses violence on them but his social profile says otherwise. And that’s just about someone he knows, can you imagine how many unknown are there who just keeps a pet for the sake of keeping a pet and then behave most irrationally with them? To say I was shocked would be an understatement. But then again, what else can we expect from humans? We can’t even respect each other, how are we expected to respect a living creature who can’t even speak.
Coming back to the topic, after this phone call I started reading articles and news reports of animal abuse. Let me just make myself clear, animal abuse isn’t just beating them brutally or behaving grimly read a news report and I am sure many of you might have read that too, it stated that “a cow was raped by a middle-aged man so harshly that she died after”. And now you will be thinking that this was only done with a cow? But no goats and dogs too. A pregnant goat was raped by 2 people who ended up dying too and so was her unborn baby. Take your time and process all these statements and then read furthermore.
I was overwhelmed after getting acknowledged with all this news and information. And the more I was reading about all this, the more I understood the meaning behind the use of the word “urgent” which I have mentioned above.
In an article’s conversation with PETA, here’s what they had to say about the cases of animal cruelty they regularly encounter: “A multitude of cruelty to animals cases are reported to PETA India regularly ranging from people abusing community dogs and cats, cruelty towards stray cattle that are typically discards of the dairy industry, cruelty towards companion animals, illegal slaughter/killing of animals, cruelty towards animals kept in captivity or used for entertainment.”
Between 2012 and 2016, there were over 24,000 cases of animal cruelty reported under the PCA. Since then we’ve seen horrific cases of crimes against animals, such as the death of Shaktiman the police horse in March 2016, the beating and killing of a dog in Chennai in 2019, the poisoning of 50 stray dogs also in 2019, and most recently, the cold-blooded murder of a pregnant Elephant in Kerela recently which I am sure you all remember.
I would like to quote a remarkable statement said by PETA “If any society chooses to treat cruelty to animals lightly, they are encouraging violence towards humans too. That’s because research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often don’t stop there – many move on to hurting other animals or humans. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that a history of animal abuse is one of the traits that regularly appears in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be stopped before they act again.”
I cannot agree with enough. The situation of animal abuse is degrading with every passing day. The extent of abuse is getting worse day by day.
Research study observation
A study by ASPCA, research done by Allie Phillips shows that there’s a link that consists of the coexistence of two or more abuse these inter-familial crimes – child abuse in any manner or neglect, domestic violence (including stalking and rape), elder abuse or neglect (including financial exploitation), and animal abuse or neglect.
After reading all these data you must be wondering what exactly is the current situation of laws and penalties for animal abuse? Well, get ready to receive another horrendous revelation-
People convicted of crimes against animals often get away with only paying a paltry Rs 50 fine – the highest penalty for a first offense under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
The single greatest testament to this claim is the fact that our country’s most prominent Animal Cruelty prevention law was legislated in 1960, yes, 1960.
And since then, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA) has never even been amended. Being a country that’s exceeding in different ways, we surely are lacking in some essential matters.
We, humans, tend not to get into action until it costs a fortune from our own account. The maximum of them didn’t care to follow the traffic rules until they started getting penalized heavily. So, I think we know how this is going to work. We know the way, all we are asking is to make one or two extra columns regarding animal abuse when the bills are passed and this will only make the bill more comprehensive. Through this article, I would like to request everyone reading this “it’s time for some serious actions”. This means it is our responsibility as well as government’s to protect the innocent lives be it animals or humans.
“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”