• Aditi Singh


Updated: May 7, 2020

Cruelty towards Animals We all might have come across incidents when we see cows swallowing a plastic bag, dogs being beaten by their owner and we being social animals, just pass away being highly insensitive towards these atrocities. Animals are our companions, our workers, our eyes and ears, and our food. We have domesticated them since ages, they've been our friends and apprentices since earliest civilizations. As a worker, horsepower still survives as a unit in automotive sector and service dogs offer their senses of sight, hearing and smell to aid people with disabilities and perform law-enforcement duties. They also serve as medium for our experiments; to cite- Ivan Pavlov, a classical psychologist used dog as a part of his experiment and B.F Skinner used mouse and pigeons as a part of his experiments. Cattle, fish, poultry feed us and this is even important for the existence of human animal relations as most humans never interact with animals directly. The flora and fauna of a country are its wealth. Earlier and till date the animals are regarded as deities, but do we really give them the place or due respect a deity commands? They were the main means of survival for the older generation but the present scenario has drastically changed. During the time of British era animals were the sole mode of transportation for the most part, which the present technology of automobiles has substituted it . Cruelty towards animals can be in active or passive form. Passive cruelty deals with cases of neglect where there is a lack of action. Passive cruelty can be accidental or may be born out of ignorance. In the cases of ignorance, the investigator tries to make the owner aware about the situation and in more extreme cases they may require the animal to be removed for veterinary care.

Various organisations have been set up with the aim of protecting the animals. PETA (People for ethical treatment for animals) is one such organisation which has taken worldwide initiatives to protect animals from maltreatment. Recently they have saved 7 camels from being slaughtered by urging states to enforce animal sacrifice laws. PETA India visited Mumbai’s Deonar slaughterhouse, where it’s reported that more than 1.24 lakh goats and sheep and about 2,700 buffaloes had arrived from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and even as far away as Assam to be sold for sacrifice. They have requested the Muslims to not sacrifice lives of animals on these occasions rather help them to save animals and maintain biodiversity in the country. Another organisation is Blue Cross Of India, has initiatives for the animal birth control, disposal of medical waste, providing medical services to animals. Also, the Central Government, in exercise of the powers under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has constituted a Committee for the Purpose of Controlling and Supervising Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) with effect from 23rd February 1996.

Also, animal shelter has also been developed, it refers to a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife are kept and rehabilitated. Also, recently the Punjab and Haryana single bench judge has given judgement declaring the animals as legal entity and will have same rights, responsibilities, duties and liabilities as of human beings. The court arrived at the decision in a criminal revision petition filed by individuals convicted of unlawfully exporting cows from Haryana under Section 4B of the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, a statute applicable to both Punjab and Haryana. “All animals have honor and dignity. Every species has an inherent right to live and is required to be protected by law. The privacy and the rights of animals are to be respected and protected from unlawful attacks,” the judge said. The judgment relies on jurisprudence from India’s Supreme Court, which had ruled in Animal Welfare Board of India vs. Nagaraja that the right to dignity and fair treatment as enshrined in and arising out of Article 21 of India’s Constitution is “not confined to human beings alone, but animals as well. In today’s time the in-sensitiveness towards the cruelty towards animals is increasing day by day. We need to make people aware about the importance of animals and their existence in order to maintain the balance in our ecosystem. More and more laws should be legislated for the welfare of the animals and most importantly should be implemented properly. Don’t turn the beauty into beast or else one day the beauty will cause harm to humans who have compelled them to turn into beasts. If they can’t speak does not mean we can do what we want to them rather we as responsible beings of mother earth should become their voices and save them. Thus, it’s a high time when we must take steps to protect them. #Animals #Cruelty #Protection #PETA #stopslaughter #environmentprotection #wildlife

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