India is a land of many customs with diversity in plants, animals, and people. It has provided us with many rights and acts to safeguard animals. Do you know it is illegal to organize/incite animal fights? Did you know it is illegal to relocate stray dogs that have been spayed?
We bring to you some important Animal Rights you should know.
Monkeys are protected under this act, and cannot be used or displayed under any circumstances.
Even though monkeys had made India go bananas over reducing their offspring reproduction, there is an Act that states the protection of it. A couple of monkeys breaking a water pipe, eating an apple from your fridge, or stealing your newspaper doesn’t automatically give you the right to use or display them.
Rule 3, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Slaughterhouse Rules, 2001
Food Safety and Standards Regulation, 2011
This act states that no animal, including chickens, can be slaughtered in any place other than a slaughterhouse. Sick and/or pregnant animals shall not be slaughtered ANYwhere, Anytime.
Eating chicken, fish etc is pretty common in India, and there are many shops where you can find fresh meat, but if you see someone cut/hurt/slaughter such animals on the road, or in any bay shed, you should complain to the police because it is offensive.
Section 38J Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
Under this, feeding, teasing or disturbing an animal in the zoo is punishable by a fine of Rs. 25,000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 years.
Children often throw in fruits, or biscuits frequently into zoo cages/openings. It is completely forbidden. Some animals are allergic to the sweet stuff, while some might die of eating specific fruits.
Maiming or killing an animal is a punishable offense under the above IPC sections.
States that it is the primary duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for all living creatures.
Section 9, Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
Capturing, poisoning, trapping or baiting of any wild animal is a punishable offense and will result in seven years of imprisonment and/or a fine of INR 25,000. Even trying to do so will result in the mentioned punishments.
Many animals in India get endangered and/or extinct only because people trap them for hunting, misuse them, drug them or illegally import them to other countries.
Please love animals. Don’t take this- A dog barked and bit me, as an excuse to hate them. You fight with your siblings, does that mean you are a bad person? No. I know the context is really different, but all I am saying is that animals deserve love. Those of you who already do things to safeguard their lives- a huge salute to you. The rest of us, let’s try to fix our society by loving and caring animals.