January 5, 2018
Now discredited in the eyes of Tamil populace for its stance on Jallikattu, the animal rights body, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has now turned its attention to the practice of sacrifice of goats at temples.
The body fired off an urgent letter to superstar Rajinikanth to use his star power to dissuade his fans from carrying out slaughter of goats after the Thalaivar’s announcement of entering political fray on Sunday last.
After news of the proposed goat slaughter was carried in a section of the media, the animal rights body shot off a letter to Rajinikanth asking his to use his good offices to prevent the cruel practice, which is also in violation of laws.
“The power you already hold can help make a positive difference to the lives of all living beings and we are therefore writing to respectfully request that you use it now to stop the planned slaughter of goats in your name,” said PETA lead public policy Nikunj Sharma. He added, “the plan of your fans to kill goats in a temple is cruel and an apparent violation of Indian laws. Goats who are killed are usually transported and handled roughly and hacked at with dull knives in full view of their terrified companions.”
He reminded the superstar that killing an animal outside a licensed slaughterhouse is an apparent violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, which state “No person shall slaughter any animal within a municipal area except in a slaughter house recognised or licensed by the concerned authority empowered under the law for the time being in force to do so”. Such cruelty to animals also apparently violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which states that it is a punishable offense if anyone “mutilates any animal or kills any animal (including stray dogs) by using the method of strychnine injections in the heart or in any other unnecessarily cruel manner”.
It may also be considered a violation of section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, which consider killing or maiming an animal a punishable offense, the PETA official said.