Need to amend Act to protect animals


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The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, which aimed to protect animal species from cruelty and abuse, has proven to be outdated, leaving many culprits scot-free without punishment.

The law, without any amendments since 1961, still serves a fine of only Rs 50 and no jail term if a person kicks, tortures or kills an animal for the first time. Animal lovers and NGOs have repeatedly questioned the government to strengthen this act to make it more purposeful to the cause for which it was enacted originally.

In October 2021, the central government also expressed it would bring in a Bill in future to amend the act. But it remains to be seen when the law will be amended.

Further, the Supreme Court of India had earlier directed the central government to amend the act while hearing a case of the Animal Welfare Board of India Vs A Nagaraja and others in 2014. The court said: “Parliament is expected to make a proper amendment of the PCA Act to provide an effective deterrent” and that “for violation of Section 11, adequate penalties and punishments should be imposed”.

Brutality against a dog in Jodhpur leaves social media speechless

A video going viral on social media shows a dog chained to a car driven by a doctor being dragged on the road in Jodhpur.

The police booked a case against the driver on the complaint of Bharatiya Janata Party leader and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi.

On the other hand, the principal of SN Medical College Dilip Kachhwaha has given a show cause notice to the accused doctor and sought a response within 24 hours. Pukar Animal NGO has also registered a case at Shastrinagar police station following the case.

The video was shot in Rajasthan's Jodhpur on Sunday, as per the reports. Aparna Bissa of the NGO said that Dr Rajneesh Galwa is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at MGH.

"The person who did this is a Dr Rajneesh Gwala and the dog's legs have multiple fractures and this incident is of Shastri Nagar Jodhpur. Please spread this video so that CP Jodhpur should take action against him and cancel his licence," reads the tweet of the NGO which carries the video.

On the information, the dog home workers reached the spot and sent the dog for treatment. Some people alleged that when they tried to stop the doctor's car, he tried to hit them with the vehicle.

Meanwhile, the doctor said that the dog often enters the house and keeps barking outside the house and that is why he was going to leave the dog in the corporation's enclosure.

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