There are many animal friends among humans. But, are they following legal and moral rules connected to taking care of these organisms, who cannot speak human language? A Journalist Reveals connected with the Indian chapter of the animal rights organization PeTA to learn a few things about animal keeping. So, Ayushi Sharma, Campaigns Co-ordinator –PeTA India helps us with the second part of the article – PeTA explains animal rights (Part II).
How can a human being bring themselves to ill-treat an animal, which cannot speak for itself?
Animal abuse is not just the result of a minor personality flaw in the abuser but rather a symptom of a deep mental disturbance.
Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders, who move on to hurting other animals or humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60 percent of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that a history of animal abuse is one of the traits that regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. This is the case in India, too: Veerappan was a poacher as well as a serial killer and the infamous Noida serial murders of children took place at the home of Moninder Singh Pandher, who was fond of hunting. 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.
Currently, Swachcha Bharat is an activity that is being promoted by the government of India with a lot of pomp. The dog-owners take their pets outside for excretion activities and make a nuisance of it. Here the dog is not to be blamed. The owners are the culprits. What does the law say about this?
Section 3 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 mandates that it is the duty of every person having the care or charge of any animal to take all reasonable measures to ensure the well-being of such animals and to prevent the infliction upon such animal of unnecessary pain or suffering. The negligence of the custodian sometimes results in dog poops not being removed from public places, causing a nuisance to people, they raising an objection to it and eventually imposing unreasonable restrictions on companion animals.
As per the AWBI circular:
Pet owners are advised to ‘scoop the poop’, or together with residents welfare associations and apartment owners associations and other residents, experiment with the creation of pet defecation areas within community premises, or arrive at other imaginative solutions through consensus. Residents’ welfare associations and apartment owners associations cannot, however, impose fines and special charges of any kind on pet owners because there is no mandate in law for the same.
In many cities, the officials have taken up the responsibility to keep a check on the owners if they are not carrying poop scooper and if found guilty, they will be penalized.