“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein
Animal cruelty is one of the most barbaric and condemnable demonstrations of ill-perceived notions of ‘superiority’ over animals by humans.
Some months ago, while coming from college to home, I saw the most horrendous incident take place in front of my eyes. There was a cute little puppy basking in the sun with his mother along the roadside. The moment I saw him, the words that immediately came from my mouth were “Aww! So cute!”, and I mumbled it in a childlike accent. I stopped to pet him, for he was very furry. Then I went away. Barely 5 seconds would have passed when I saw a car coming at a speed of 20 Km/hr. The driver blew horn and ran over the puppy. On seeing this, I immediately rushed to the puppy’s rescue and saw that he was moaning out of pain, blood was oozing from his head & neck, and he was slithering on the road that was smeared with blood. The driver was trying to abscond, but I shouted my lungs out and ordered him to get out of his car. Then came this guy cockily with no sign of guilt or nervousness on his ugly face. The conversation went like this -:
Me : Uncle, what have you done?! Couldn’t you see?!
Him : He did not get out of my way.
Me : Why did you run your car over him?!
Him : I honked, but he didn’t get out of my way!
Me : What do you mean?! You’ll kill everything that comes your way?! Couldn’t you use your brain and get out of the car to shoo that puppy away?!
We had an intense spat. That cold-hearted beast wasn’t feeling guilty of his abhorrent act, he was rather saying very haughtily that he blew horn once, but the puppy didn’t move, so he mowed the puppy down. I refrained from giving him a jab in his ribs. Is it very difficult to apply brakes when you’re driving at 20 Km/hr? That person could’ve easily applied brakes, and let me tell you why he didn’t do that. When he saw that the puppy wasn’t bugging off, he didn’t bother to come out of his car because he was too lethargic and careless to come out. He didn’t value that puppy’s life. He knew that if he kills him, people won’t oppose. In India, laws related to cruelty towards animals are not strict, so nobody follows them.
One more thing that adds to my agony is the saddening response that I received from people who were present there. When that pitiless man was getting yelled at by me, people literally crowded the place and nobody came forward in my support. Instead of causing furor, they were finding utter pleasure in the clamour, and didn’t have guts to add their own voice to it. In fact, a lady, who lives in my neighbourhood,was present there and told me, “Leave it. You go home”. Want to know what her profession is? She is an ADVOCATE! When an advocate can’t take a stand and fight against a devilish act like this, then what can we expect from public? I even saw some people giggling as they thought this to be a small incident which I was over exaggerating about. Uncouth demeanor of people has become too ubiquitous these days!
Guys, think about that puppy’s mother! Just imagine how much pain she must have gone through on seeing her baby die so brutally in front of her eyes. She was licking him seconds before he was killed.
Having seen ruthless attitude of people towards animals and nobody objecting to it over the years, people seldom take stand for animals, for they’ve become jaded . The biggest reason why people tend to avoid fighting for these hapless creatures is the simple fact that they want to shun spats as they don’t own the ill-treated animal who was subject to brutal treatment of a miscreant.
Following are some Animal Protection Laws, India -:
1. It is the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for all living creatures
2.To kill or maim any animal, including stray animals, is a punishable offence.
3. Abandoning any animal for any reason can land you in prison for up to three months.
4. No animal (including chickens) can be slaughtered in any place other than a slaughterhouse. Sick or pregnant animals shall not be slaughtered.
5. Stray dogs that have been operated for birth control cannot be captured or relocated by anybody including any authority.
6. Neglecting an animal by denying her sufficient food, water, shelter and exercise or by keeping him chained/confined for long hours is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to 3 months or both.
7. Monkeys are protected under the Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972 and cannot be displayed or owned.
8. Bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls are prohibited from being trained and used for entertainment purposes, either in circuses or streets.
9. Animal sacrifice is illegal in every part of the country.
10. Organizing of or participating in or inciting any animal fight is a cognizable offence.
Following are the reasons why atrocities on animals are increasing -:
- Insensitivity and lack of compassion for animals.
- Seeing other folks ill-treating animals abet others to do the same.
- Having not been opposed by others for uncaring attitude towards animals.
- Lack of knowledge of Animal Protection Laws.
- Poor implementation of Animal Protection Laws.
Following are the way to curb cruelty towards animals -:
- Educating kids – Parents need to educate their kids to make them compassionate towards animals. They may tell them stories of human-animal bonds or take them to a nearby shelter home for animals for donating some useful commodities.
- Spreading awareness regarding laws – Instead of just talking, having unproductive discussions and doing nothing, people need to make themselves and others aware of Animal Protection Laws.
- Giving considerate treatment to animals – This can be ensured by caring for them, especially for stray dogs – giving food & water, treating their wounds, etc.
- Fighting for rights of animals – People need to drop the notion of instances of cruelty towards animals being frivolous. Problem of inhumane treatment towards animals needs to be given as much importance as any other issue.
- Reporting the occasion of animal cruelty to the concerned authority – Cases of animal abuse must brought into the notice of police, animal welfare organisations, or one may also seek help from animal rights activists.