People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has sent a letter to Kerala Congress (M) chief KM Mani, urging him to give psychiatric counselling for the youth wing members of the party.
The youth members had recently killed a few stray dogs, tied them on a pole and paraded them on the streets.
PETA’s letter also asked Mani to expel the youth wing workers from the party at the earliest.
“Saji Manjakadambil, who was leading the protest, reportedly told the media that they had killed these dogs. And as per their version, it's a warning that this will continue if the central and the state government do not control the stray dog menace,“ the letter said, The Times of India reports.
The letter points that causing animals to suffer is a punishable offence under Section 11(1)(a) and (l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. It is also an offence according to Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1851.
ToI reports that the letter was signed by Meet Ashar, emergency response coordinator, Peta India.
The letter also says that as per research, people who hurt animals go on to hurt children and women as well. PETA cited the examples of Veerappan who was a poacher, serial killer and of Moninder Singh Pandher, who was fond of hunting.