18 June 2018

Humane Society International (HSI)/India is offering a reward of 1,00,000 INR for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the organisers of dog-fights in Moga District, Punjab.

Posters were plastered in Nihal Singh Wala, Moga, and circulated online, inviting people for dog fights on the 15th of June, 2018, with an entry fee of Rs. 500. Animal fights are a cognizable & punishable offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Based on the complaint of the State Veterinary Department & the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), an FIR has been lodged.

However, the organisers whose contact information was displayed on the posters, are absconding and yet to be traced. The reward is declared for any person with information that will lead to the identification, arrest and conviction of the organisers. Anyone who can help identify the persons having these mobile numbers- 8194891090, 9464884396 and 9876627750, is requested to call the Humane Society.

Jayasimha, Managing Director, HSI/India said, “Animal fights are brutal. The dogs are reared in isolation, constantly provoked to make them aggressive, and forced to tear at each other- often ending in fatal injuries. Not only is it illegal to incite animal fights, but also to organise animal fights and hence, anyone with information that will lead us to the identifying the organisers of this dog fight is requested to call us at +91 8899117773.”

Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

HSI/India has been working to raise public awareness through educating communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence. It also conducts animal law training programs to build capacity of the law enforcement agencies, educators, legislators and the judiciary. The HSI/India offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. In the past, HSI/India has been successful in identifying and arresting the culprit of Kerala dog bestiality, New Delhi Green park dog stabbing case, puppies burnt alive in Hyderabad and others.


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