Target: Harish Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister
Goal: Issue the highest penalty to politician accused of attacking police horse and causing its leg to require amputation.
A police horse was left with a fractured leg that later had to be amputated when a politician attacked it during a protest rally. A video clip reportedly shows Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ganesh Joshi striking the horse with a stick before the animal collapses on the ground. Unfortunately, the incident occurred in India, a country known for its loose penalties for animal cruelty. That means the people involved in this senseless violence may only receive a small fine or three months in jail, or both.
These minuscule penalties are unacceptable and it almost makes it seem as if the lives of animals like Shaktiman the horse are disposable. India has ignored calls to make appropriate changes to their animal cruelty laws and reports say less than two percent of people are ever actually convicted for animal cruelty. The alleged attacker also faces charges for obstructing police duty, but that doesn’t change the fact that he may not be brought to justice for his cruel attack on the horse. Demand that this man be given the maximum penalty for the brutal attack that maimed the horse.
Dear Mr. Rawat,
A police horse was reportedly attacked by a politician who intentionally caused the poor animal to collapse on the ground, fracturing its leg. In order to save the horse’s life, the leg had to be amputated. This is a deplorable act of cruelty against an innocent animal and it’s a shame that better animal cruelty laws were not put in place to prevent such violence from occurring.
India has been urged to implement stricter animal cruelty laws and they’ve refused to act. Now an innocent police horse is suffering thanks to the lack of responsibility and care for animals. We demand that this be changed immediately and that the people involved be given the most severe penalties possible.
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