Hyderabad: The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) has condemned the brutal torture and killing of a monkey in Ammapalem village of Khammam district, and demanded the Union government to bring out a stringent new law to prevent cruelty towards animals as the existing Prevention of Cruelty Act was woefully inadequate to deal with such violence.
“We need a new law that punishes violent crimes against animals. Revisiting the penalties is important too. Animals should be equal before the law,” Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director FIAPO said in statement here on Tuesday. The organization said that despite of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the Indian Penal Code, 1860 animals continue to be abused brutally.
The monkey has been abused and hanged by the neck to death in full view by the local villagers. The video of the incident showed it struggling for his life with two dogs barking over it. Some locals can also be seen with lathis in their hands. The reason given for this crime is that the monkey entered the farmer’s field, the FIAPO observed.
The FIAPO then reached out to government authorities including Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister, State of Telangana, and urged them to arrest and take stringent action against the culprits as per law. While Sathupalli Forest Range Officer (FRO) A Venkateswaralu has picked up three people in connection to this crime, it is important that this systematic attack directed against the animal be punished with the maximum possible penalty so it deters others, the organization said.
“Should this crime go unpunished, it will lower inhibitions and provoke locals and hunters elsewhere to engage in hunting other animals resulting in indiscriminate illegal killings of animals in the area endangering the safety and sanctity of wildlife in general. It will also result in increased wildlife crime; the unregulated killing of animals; leading to an overall loss of biodiversity,” the NGO said.
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