Govt. Proposes 75,000 Fine for Cruelty Towards Animals

Sunday, March 7, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha

 The News Cover: India's problems of animal abuse have been increasing day by day. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is 60-years-old. If any person breaks the law, they shall be punishable with a fine of a maximum of one hundred rupees, or with imprisonment for a maximum of three months or both. This is as per the old law. Rajeev Chandrasekhar,

Rajya Sabha Member referred to a case in Kerala where an elephant ate a pineapple filled with firecrackers, which exploded in his mouth. The elephant died because of it. Chandrasekhar was devasted at people's cruelty towards the animal. He presented this question.

 Minister of Fisheries, Animal husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh in response said "I agree the number of animal cruelty cases have been on the rise. The PCA law is extremely old. We will make amendments and create a draft.

 The punishments under the law will be made very stringent. The government has said 314 cases relating to cruelty to animals were pending in various courts across the country. 64 such cases were pending in Supreme Court while 38 were pending in Delhi High Court. All these cases are still pending in the courts. In the draft, the government has proposed 3 categories of offences. 1. This includes a minor injury caused to an animal.

 2. This is an offence, where a major injury is caused leading to the animal becoming disabled. 3. A major injury is which lead to the violent death of the animal will be penalised. For such offences, the penalties are from Rs 750 - Rs 75,000. Or say, for example, a horse is abused, which lead to its death. Now if the horse was purchased for Rs. 2 lakh,

 the penalty for its death would be three times the cost, i.e. Rs 6 lakh. Or it can even lead to imprisonment for up to 5 years. If any individual causes the death of an animal, they will be fined Rs 75,000. and imprisonment for up to 5 years.

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