NEW DELHI: The Government of India (GoI) must strengthen the
to protect animals, said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate on Sunday, following an elephant's
injured due to ingestion of explosives in
"Such incidents are not just restricted to certain regions but are happening all across the country. PETA receives more than 100 similar cases every day. People send in their complaints to us, not just for cows and elephants but for so many other animals as well," he said.
The PETA chief urged the GoI to strengthen the laws established to protect animals.
"As per the current laws set out against animal cruelty, the perpetrator would only be charged Rs 50,000 as a fine. That is equivalent to no punishment at all," added
He expressed his anguish against municipal agencies as well, saying that they are not doing "serious" work. He also highlighted how cows are left on the roads to wander, after milking them, to feed on garbage, in several parts of the country.
"These injustices against animals through explosives has been going on for quite a while. But for the first time, it has received such public attention," he said.
After a pregnant elephant was
cracker-filled pineapple and her eventual death on May 27 in Kerala's
, a pregnant cow sustained fatal injuries on May 25 due to accidental ingestion of explosives in Dadh village of Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.
One person has been arrested in the Dadh village for allegedly hurting the cow.