UK strengthens animal cruelty laws. Animal lover Alpana Bhartia wants a similar framework in India.
While the United Kingdom has strengthened its already stringent laws against animal abuse, India will fine you a small amount. Alpana Bhartia, the co-founder of People for Animals (Bangalore), calls it a joke and it surely looks like one. The cost of an innocent and lovable creature’s life is as low as Rs 50 in the land where the cow is worshiped.
The Bangalore woman, who murdered eight helpless puppies while their mother kept crying, got off easy. A question rises, why are human lives not equal to animal lives? Why can’t the killing of an animal be treated as murder? We are not even at the top of the food chain!
The United Kingdom recently amended its animal cruelty law. The penalty of ‘insignificant’ abuse has been increased to five years in prison. In India, the penalty for torture and murder of hapless animals can go up to only three months. Sometimes you’ll only incur a fine between Rs 25 and Rs 100. Cows are the exception here. In the recent past, self-proclaimed gaurakshak shave lynched unarmed cow transporters to death.
The authorities are guilty in this matter too. An RTI application in Chennai revealed the callous euthanization of over 2,800 stray dogs. The screening process of stray dogs is sketchy enough to call it a mass-murder. The rule 9 of the Animal Birth Control Rules (Dogs), 2001, allows this Nazi move. Had the authorities actually invested time and money in the care of the dogs, they could have survived. Alpana Bhartia suggests such dogs should be open to adoption after adequate medical attention and affection is given to them.
“Our country needs a revolution of sorts to bring awareness. Instead of gimmicks, we need animal lovers to take an initiative against such abusers and expose them”, states Alpana Bhartia, while talking about what’s the need of the hour.