Stop Police Harassment of People Who Report Animal Abuse

Target: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs, India

Goal: Crack down on corrupt police who harass and lay false charges against citizens who report animal abuse.

Animal welfare activists in India are reporting being harassed by police after reporting animal cruelty crimes. According to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), several of their Honorary Animal Welfare Officers (HAWO) — volunteers across India who have registered to collect information and blow the whistle on rampant animal abuse in the country — are receiving backlash from local police. The AWBI has sent letters to police across all states urging sensitivity training and asking them to start taking crimes against animals more seriously.

According to Ravi Kumar, secretary of AWBI, baseless charges have been laid against HAWOs who go to the police with findings of animal cruelty. This is reportedly due to the corruption of police officers, who are said to be paid off by organized crime groups. Kumar stated that this trend “motivates and encourages criminals who undermine the law with impunity.”

Animal cruelty in India is rampant, and until police take it seriously, it will continue. These cases include attacks against stray dogs on the streets, improper transport and handling of cattle, and more. Sign the petition below to demand that government officials Crack down on police corruption in order to stop unnecessary animal suffering.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Singh,

Animal welfare activists are reporting being harassed by police after reporting animal cruelty crimes. In a letter to the Director General of Police, secretary of the Animal Welfare Board of India Ravi Kumar stated that Honorary Animal Welfare Officers are having false charges laid against them when they report crimes. These honorary officers are taking time out of their lives to get her information on animal abusers and report them, and they should be treated with respect and taken seriously.

Officials suspect that organized crime syndicates are paying police to look the other way about myriad reports of animal abuse, including attacks against stray dogs on the street and improper transport and handling of farm animals. This corruption is unacceptable and must be stopped now. We, the undersigned, urge you to work to weed out this corruption and ensure that police officers are taking these reports seriously.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Amiya Shrivastava

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24 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    let them report them!

  2. Sylvia Browning says:

    Justice must prevail.

  3. tina roberts says:

    Maybe the police could harrass the aninal abusers instead you stupid shit eaters.

  4. This business reeks of corruption and wrong doing and is most worrying. India is not famous for its concern for, and treatment for its animal life. Instead of giving power to the police to attempt to tackle this, they are tempted by organised crime syndicates to turn a blind eye to their cruel activities. What a mess your country is in. Your police must be ordered to report abuse without fear of corruption and these corrupters be harshly punished. This will give you higher standing in the eyes of the developed world.

  5. Ghandi said that a society can be judged by how it treats its animals. India should be better than this!

  6. jinny chaddha says:

    Hope Modi government understands animals rights and people fighting for them.

  7. well just look at the country your dealing with they don’t care about animals they are one of many cruel countries over their that sure don’t care for dogs

  8. Judith Weber says:

    Do the right thing. These “police” are to protect and serve. They must be fired!!!!! They are a cancer to a clean, safe and moral society.

    • BOB BUCKMANN says:

      NOT ONLY DO THE PIGS/COPS HURT ANIMALS, SO DO THE CITIZENS, IN RAGHEAD INDIA~!! AND USA KISSES INDIA’S DONKEY~!!!! MAKES ME SICK~!!! SHOULD SEND MISSILES TO INDIA AND ANY OTHER ANIMAL ABUSING NATION OR ISLAND~!!! GREECE TORTURE ANIMALS TOO, LARGE GROUPS OF BRITISH RESCUE GROUPS, SAVING THE ANIMALS, BY GETTING THEM OUT OF THE CRAP HOLE~!!!

  9. India needs to protect these good Samaritans!!!

  10. michelle taylor says:

    Time to become civilized and educated India.

  11. THESE TYPE OF TRASHY PEOPLE ARE A BIG PROBLEM, THEY ALL NEED TO GO TO JAIL ALONG WITH THE ANIMAL ABUSERS!

  12. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

  13. Barton Dixon – you summed it up.
    With the passing of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s soul died!

  14. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

  15. India is a cesspool of hate,and callousness. they live day to day in poverty and with a large population. there is very little control over what is done by the citizens. they are over populated and have barely enough food and water for themselves. they are angry and fed up with their country. They have grown calloused and abusive towards anything they can take their resentment out on. there religious rituals are cruel and outdated.they could care less about the suffering of animals.There are some organizations that are trying their best to assist the abandoned and abused animals. God bless them.

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