In their emails to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Livestock, they highlighted how the penalty for animal cruelty remains a meager 50 rupees without imprisonment even after 60 years of the enactment of the law. Cruelty to Animals Prevention Act, 1960.
Although the government is ready to amend the law and has even finalized a draft that provides for severe punishment, the opinions of different stakeholders (mainly from the dairy and poultry sectors) against the proposal in its current form slowed down the process.
“We are examining the opinions of different stakeholders. The draft needs to be adjusted before a desk note is finalized. I’m not sure at this point if the amendment bill can be introduced during the monsoon session, ”said an official from the Ministry of Livestock and Dairy. The session will continue until August 13. The amendment bill, so far, has not been included for presentation.
The draft amendment proposes a penalty of up to 75,000 rupees or three times the cost of the animal or a prison term of up to five years or both if an act of an individual or organization leads to the death of the animal.
Animal rights groups like People for animals (PFA) Y Humane Society International / India (HIS / India) have been demanding amendments to the law for a long time. They stated that their ongoing online signature campaign on increasing penalties for animal cruelty has the support of many parliamentarians.
In previous sessions of Parliament, deputies, including Rajya sabha member, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, and Lok Sabha member, Anubhav Mohanty, had raised the issue in their respective Housesand sought a strict law to deal with animal cruelty.