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SPCA Dimapur says it’s only against animal cruelty

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Dimapur, May 21 (EMN): Nobody can prevent anyone from eating a certain breed of meat within the framework of laws or laws, but also consumption should not be confused with cruelty to animals, said Arkaprava Bhar, director of Humane Society International (country).

Bhar was speaking as a resource person at an Animal Rights Awareness Training Workshop hosted by the SPCA and HSI at Life Spring Corner in Dimapur on Saturday.

He made the statement weeks after the SPCA Dimapur conducted a surprise check on the illegal sale of dogs in Dimapur with the veterinary department, the police and members of the municipal council.

This triggered a heated debate on social media platforms, after which the SPCA Dimapur clarified that “the inspections were conducted only against cruelty to animals according to law and not against the consumption of any meat” .

Bhar told the workshop that a study by the National Link Coalition claimed that 70% of people accused of animal cruelty are known to police for other violent behavior, including homicide.

Emphasizing the link between animal abuse and domestic violence, Bhar said that according to the study, abused animals were found in 60% of homes where child abuse or neglect occurred and animals were found in 88% of homes where physical child abuse occurred.

“According to a National Link Coalition study, children exposed to domestic violence were three times more likely to be cruel to animals. Additionally, according to ‘Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty’ published in 2005 , 26.8% of boys and 29.4% of girls who experienced physical and sexual abuse and domestic violence were reported to have abused the pet,” Bhar said.

The correlation between abuse and related violence, he pointed out, was animal abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and other personal violence.

He also acknowledged that SPCA Dimapur is the most active organization (among SPCAs) in the country; that most SPCAs across the country only existed in name and on paper due to the Supreme Court order while Dimapur SPCA is actively involved.

Protection from cruelty

The resource person also enlightened the assembly on the offenses against pets and community dogs as mentioned in Section 51 A(G) of the Indian Constitution which protects and enhances the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for living things.

In accordance with Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, beating, kicking, riding, overloading, overdrinking, torturing or otherwise treating any animal in such a way as to subjecting oneself to unnecessary pain is cruelty to animals. And anyone who engages in an act of cruelty to animals makes themselves liable to action under the law.

Bhar highlighted the Municipal Corporation Act which deals with dead animals, the establishment and maintenance of veterinary hospitals, pounds, farms, dairies, municipal markets and slaughterhouses; licenses for private markets and slaughterhouses, theaters and circuses, to name a few; and state acts that are enforced by state agencies.

Highlighting the conditions set out in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules (Dog Breeding and Trading Rules), 2017, he said that breeders must possess a license to breed and sell, dogs cannot be displayed for immediate sale and the puppies must be at least two months old.

Protection of the mother (female parent), medical testing, proper care and kennel facilities are clearly defined, he said.

He went on to point out that it is difficult to track breeders but easy to track pet shops, and that in complete violation of the rules, it has been observed that breeders generally do not comply with the conditions set.

Animal law still in its infancy

Dimapur Deputy Commissioner, Rajesh Soundararajan, who is also the President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said awareness and implementation of the animal law is still at a standstill. their beginnings in Nagaland and people are confused about animal cruelty and consumption. .

He called on the SPCA to educate law enforcement agencies, stakeholders and the public about animal law, saying it is a collective responsibility and that law enforcement can be done after sensitizing.

Meanwhile, the SPCA Dimapur reiterated that it is not against the consumption of any type of meat but against cruelty to animals, and that it is fulfilling its duty under the 1960 prevention of cruelty to animals and other laws.

[Also read: Pet lovers in Nagaland campaign against animal cruelty]


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