Voice for the Voiceless – Recent Animal Cruelty Incidents

Triggered by the rise of animal cruelty incidents in recent times, we’ve vented out our opinion and talked about other heartbreaking events of violence against the voiceless.

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Voice for the Voiceless – Recent Animal Cruelty Incidents

Imagine being a living creature that doesn’t have a voice or a twitter account to rant! Now imagine being subjected to malicious torturing, incapacitating, mutilating or killing. Feels terrible, doesn’t it? You can’t understand why this is happening to you or if you deserve to be treated like this. Do they rule the world because they have extra sets of senses? But isn’t that supposed to guide them to be better, you wonder. Animal cruelty is one of the most painful things to hear or see or read about. It can be something as trivial as intentionally depriving an animal of food and water and as psychopathic as molesting or raping it for pleasure.

Recently, we’ve all been hearing and seeing some agonizing videos of animals being subjected to cruelty, all over the news.

Here, are some recent gut-wrenching, deeply saddening realities of the animals around us.

1. Dabbu the stray dog, fractured its skull after being beaten with an iron rod.

In Mumbai, in mid-September 2017, Surekha Kharat, an animal lover feeding stray dogs in the area found Haroon Khan beating up Dabbu, on the CCTV and immediately rushed to rescue him. Dabbu was repeatedly beaten with an iron rod by the 24-year-old and eventually fractured his skull.

2. Pregnant goat gang-raped by 8 men

A seven-year-old, pregnant goat, was raped by 8 men on July 29, 2018, in Haryana’s Mewat district. When the goat was missing one night, the owner in search of her to find her being sexually assaulted by 3 men. These 3, in turn, told him about 5 others that had raped her the same night. She was badly injured and refused to eat anything until the next day when she passed away.

Worst part: One of the accused met the owner of the goat and told him he had a “nice time”.

 

3. Body of 11 monkeys found stuffed in a bag

On 14th January 2018, the bodies of eleven langurs (grey monkeys) were found in Jaipur, Rajasthan. They were beaten up and splashed with acid-like chemicals, and stuffed into a bag and thrown away. It is alleged that they were killed since they destroyed the local orchard crops.

4. Lucky the street dog beaten to death, for taking shelter from rain

On 24th July, 2019, This poor little thing wasn’t too “lucky” in finding human friends. He was brutally thrashed by the watchmen just  as ordered by the secretary of the apartment, for taking shelter from rain, in a Mumbai complex. He was in a coma, struggling for his life for about 6 days , only to pass away on 31st July.

Are you thinking, the common link in all these instances is people not being educated?

You will change your opinion after reading our next case. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard about this already. We want to remind all the readers here, this doesn’t correlate with your literacy.

5. College Students throw puppy off building’s terrace

We found 2 incidents. We’re not sure how many are left untold. One happened in 2016 in Madha Medical College, Chennai by 2 MBBS students and the other by an Engineering student from VIT Vellore in 2017. Even though this happened a while ago, doesn’t this still send a chill down your spine?  Educated, to-be doctors and engineers throwing puppies off the building’s terrace.

The MBBS students threw a 6-month-old puppy off a building’s terrace. When caught, they were asked to pay INR 2Lakhs fine each and arrested only to be let off in bail, in no time.

Let’s talk about the engineering student. When asked why he did that, his response was “It’s just a dog, I didn’t kill a human” with no signs of remorse. He threw a month old newborn puppy from the terrace of his house. The poor pup died on the spot.  There’s more! Looks like he had planned to go on a killing spree! He had discussed with his friends about killing another dog. We got a snap of the chat. Take a look.

Here’s the link to the post by Shravan, an animal welfare worker, where he has explained the whole episode in detail.

Now, coming to the recent happenings in our country and the trigger for us to write this and vent out!

6. Pregnant Elephant dies after eating a pineapple stuffed with crackers

We’ve all heard about this on the news and been outraged and heartbroken about the pregnant elephant’s death in the Veliyar river in Mannarkad area of Palakkad district. There have been a lot of misinformation about the place of death and also if people fed the pineapple to it, or if it was an accident. According to latest claims, these pineapples filled with crackers have been used to guard farms from wild boars and this practice is age-old and govt. approved. Read more.

7. Pregnant Cow fed with explosives, injures jaw

Even when we were not over mourning the elephant incident, there was yet another shocking and painful news from Himachal, when a man mixed explosives with food and fed to a pregnant cow. It suffered a huge injury on the cow’s jaw. Thanks to prompt medical attention, the cow’s now recovering. A day after this incident, the mother gave birth to a beautiful and healthy calf.

Now, let’s back up a little and talk about the Pregnant Elephant again. What’s extremely saddening is that some people see this as an opportunity to create hate and divide amongst people based on religion or state or language. This is WRONG.

But, is this practice humane? Are we justifying this killing and all other killings we don’t know about because we need them to stay away from our farms? Whether it’s an elephant or a deer or a wild boar, killing = KILLING and nothing else! It’s not acceptable for people to say “Urban people have no say in rural lives and can’t tell us how to protect our farms.” We can collectively brainstorm and protect farms as well as not kill animals. Isn’t it a Win-Win?

Solution?

1.   How about we start by stopping acting entitled, and like we own this planet and other animals need to live at our mercy?

2. Treat Animals as living beings. This attitude of “But, they’re not humans” is just horrendous. 

3. Even small actions of negligence like not reporting an injured animal lying on the road can cause its life. So, do not ignore when strays around you need help.

4. Find more humane ways to fend fields that don’t involve mixing explosives in their food.

5. Tightening Animal Cruelty laws.

Lastly but most importantly, ANIMALS ARE NOT OURS TO EXPERIMENT ON, USE FOR ENTERTAINMENT, OR ABUSE IN ANY OTHER WAY. It’s high time we learn to live and let- live.

The Greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated

MAHATMA GANDHI

What is your opinion about the Recent Animal Cruelty Incidents? What are your suggestions to make this world a better place for animals? Let us know in the comments section.

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7 thoughts on “Voice for the Voiceless – Recent Animal Cruelty Incidents

  1. Have we really gotten conclusive evidence on the elephant incident? I don’t know if we can label it directly as animal violence unless we hopefully find out what happened? But you have a point that using explosives against even the boars is not the way to go. Another thing that I felt while reading this is – all these incidents are ghastly but also quite odd or not the frequent kind of violence against animals. Slaying elephants for ivory, for their skin, supporting leather goods, testing on animals and all that. Also do note that while the world is testing vaccines for COVID-19, those tests are on several monkeys out of which we do not know how many will survive. Animal prevention is such a broad term – we can go for vegan bags and products, cruelty free products and so much more which could help us save animals that come into our lives indirectly as well.

    1. Hi Anjali,
      Thanks for the feedback. Like you said, we’ve handpicked some incidents that shook us and wanted to expose those.
      Some suggestions you have posted are very valuable. We should all strive to follow it.
      And coming back to the Kerala incident, like we mentioned that even though the intent of the public was not to kill the elephant, and it was an accident, it’s still a tragic heartbreaking incidents. And, killing of boars is also wrong. That’s why we suggested we should look for alternate methods of fending our farms.

  2. Amazing article Sandhya. This should serve as an bench mark for prevention and saving the animals in future .Dr. Ramkumar

  3. Hi Anjali,
    Thanks for the feedback. Like you said, we’ve handpicked some incidents that shook us and wanted to expose those.
    Some suggestions you have posted are very valuable. We should all strive to follow it.
    And coming back to the Kerala incident, like we mentioned that even though the intent of the public was not to kill the elephant, and it was an accident, it’s still a tragic heartbreaking incidents. And, killing of boars is also wrong. That’s why we suggested we should look for alternate methods of fending our farms.

  4. This article illustrates some of the ghastly incidents against the voice less living being which have equal rights to share the earth space. This write up will be a wake up call for whole human being to act humane against the poor creatures. More such expose, campaigns should serve as a deterent. Kudos to the writer for taking up another social issue.

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