Shaktiman: Soldier? Martyr? On the Prevention of Cruelty to animals
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Shaktiman: Soldier? Martyr? On the Prevention of Cruelty to animals

Shaktiman, a snowy-white police horse, was greviously hurt during a protest march in Dehradun. Called a police officer, a soldier of the state, a re-presentation of Congress, the political party against which the march was called, eventually Shaktiman was just an innocent horse with no voice to say who actually hit her. This calls into question, once again, the poor state of our Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Shaktiman died after a month of suffering. The Act remains unchanged. The price of torturing an animal remains Rupees 50, less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Continue reading

Every Dog doesn’t have its Day- on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
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Every Dog doesn’t have its Day- on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

A thin, shivering dog, the colour of light cocoa powder, was recently picked up by a grinning man, and thrown off a roof. The man is reportedly a medical student in Chennai.

The “activity” appears to have been part of planned group leisure – another person, also a student at the same institute, documented this, and the fruit of his labour is a slow-motion video carefully showing the man’s smile, the dog’s scared whimpers, and its thudding fall onto the ground. Continue reading