Current Events India How are animals treated in india today?

- Not only are elephants, horses, hippopotamuses, birds, dogs, camels and other animals often beaten by trainers, they suffer from loneliness, boredom and frustration from being locked in cramped cages or chained for months on end as they travel from city to city.

- Many of these animals are terribly mistreated by their owners and abused blatantly. Circuses in India are one of the biggest sources of animal cruelty.

- Many of these animals are terribly mistreated by their owners and abused blatantly. Circuses in India are one of the biggest sources of animal cruelty.

- Cockfighting is technically illegal as of 1960, but is continued hugely and even children are present to watch it sometimes

- Bullocks are forced to race in parts of India, and to make sure they go fast drivers are known to stick them with nails and other things of that sort

- For food and drink elephants which are supposedly sacred to Hindus are chained up and forced to beg for their food and survival

- The same is true for Bullocks who slave every day dragging carts and then begging for food just to live

- The fine for harming an animal as an individual in India is equivalent to 50 US cents while in Australia, for example, the maximum punishment is five years in prison as well as a $36,000 fine

- Since dog bites are such a big injury and the stray dog population has been increasing, many people are harming the dogs to keep them away and unable to injure anyone

There are new laws in place to stop animal cruelty:

It will be mandatory for all pet shop owners to register themselves with the State Animal Welfare Board of the respective State Governments/Union Territories.

Such shops will be registered only after inspection by the representatives of State Board, a veterinary practitioner and a representative of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The rules define space requirement for birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pig, hamster, rats and mice in the pet shops.

It defines the basic amenities, power back-up, general care, veterinary care and other operational requirement for animals kept in pet shops.

It is mandatory to maintain proper records of sale, purchase, death of animals in pet shop, sick animals etc.

Every pet shop owner is required to submit yearly report to the State Board regarding animals, sold, traded, bartered, brokered, given away, boarded or exhibited during previous year, or any other information asked for by the State Board.

I have developed some new questions after my research: Why has implementation of laws to prevent animal cruelty taken so long? Why do people continue harming animals if it is clearly illegal? How many animals have been harmed in shops or zoos, etc? What will happen if the new laws are approved, will they work or not?

It is important for Americans to know this; many of the people harming animals today do it because it is their only way of living. Despite all of this negativity there are still people that protect animals and are vegetarian or vegan so they don't harm animals as is the intent of Hinduism and Buddhism. If nobody followed these principles all animals would be much worst off then they are now. Americans should follow these principals and carry of the legacy of respecting creatures sacred to these religions and all animals in the world.

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