Over 1 lakh people urge Centre to pass stringent law for cruelty against animals | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As part of an ongoing citizen movement demanding amendment in existing law to introduce stringent punishment clause for cruelty against animals, over one lakh signatories including few members of Parliament (MPs) have written to the central government urging it to pass such legislation during the forthcoming monsoon session of the Parliament. The session will begin on Monday.
They in their emails to the Prime Minister’s Office and the ministry of animal husbandry highlighted how the penalty for animal cruelty continues to be a meagre amount of Rs 50 with no imprisonment even after 60 years of the enactment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Though the government is ready to amend the law and has even finalised a draft providing for stringent punishment, views of different stakeholders (mainly from dairy and poultry sectors) against the proposal in its present form held back the process.
“We are examining views of different stakeholders. The draft needs to be fine-tuned before a cabinet note on it is finalised. I am not sure at this stage whether the amendment Bill can be introduced during the monsoon session,” said an official in the ministry of animal husbandry and dairying. The session will continue till August 13. The amendment Bill has, so far, not been listed for introduction.
The draft amendment proposes penalty up to Rs 75,000 or three times the cost of animal or jail term up to five years or both if an act of an individual or organisation leads to death of animal.
Animal rights groups such as People for Animals (PFA) and Humane Society International/India (HIS/India) have been demanding amendment in the law for long. They claimed that their ongoing online signature campaign on increasing penalty for animal cruelty has support of many parliamentarians.
In the previous Parliament sessions, MPs including Rajya Sabha member, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, and Lok Sabha member, Anubhav Mohanty, had raised the issue in respective Houses, and sought stringent law to deal with animal cruelty.

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