Ministry of Environment, Forest And Climate Change
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1646
TO BE ANSWERED ON 09.05.2016
Penalties and punishments under PCA Act
1646. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether Government is aware of a recent incident where a police horse died after being brutally attacked; and
(b) if so, what steps Government is taking to review and amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, to ensure that penalties and punishments under the law serve as better deterrent against cruelty, than the current penalty of ` 50 for animal abuse?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI PRAKASH JAVADEKAR)
(a) Yes, Sir. An incident has come to the notice through news reports. A letter has been addressed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai to the concerned authorities in Uttarakhand on 16.03.2016 to institute an inquiry into the incident and stringent action and penalties are meted out to those that are found guilty. It has also come to the notice through news reports that horse grievously injured succumbed to its injuries inspite of treatment provided to it by the Uttarakhand authorities. However, no report has been received from the authorities in Uttarakhand.
(b) Section 11(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has provision of penalty and punishment for any action of cruelty against animals. The Ministry has initiated the process to amend the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.