The nation had gone into an outrage when a pregnant elephant was killed in Kerala. People had taken to their social media to seek justice for the poor soul. Similar to that a new incident has come into light in Bilaspur, Himachal.
A cow had consumed a ball of wheat flour which was wrapped with firecrackers. Unsuspecting of the presence of the firecracker the cow innocently fell bait to it and got its mouth blown off. The incident took place on May 26 in Jandutta area of Bilaspur.
Netizens have demanded for strict action to be taken against those responsible for this heinous crime.
Upon contacting the Bilaspur SP, Divakar Sharma, it was found that a highly explosive firecracker known as ‘aalu bomb’ was kept inside the wheat flour ball, when the cow chewed it, the cracker exploded causing injury to her mouth.
Currently, under the Section 286 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, a case has been filed.
The main person accused of the crime and all the other involved in this act are being investigated, said SP Divakar.
According to sources, farmers keep firecrackers in the wheat flour balls to keep wild animals away from their crops.
A forest official, who wishes to retain anonymity said that poachers also use similar techniques to kill wild boars, but often domestic and stray animals fall prey for it.
Between 2012 and 2016, there were over 24,000 cases of animal cruelty reported under the PCA. Since then we’ve seen horrific cases of crimes against animals, such as the death of Shaktiman the police horse in March 2016, beating and killing of a dog in Chennai in 2019, poisoning of 50 stray dogs also in 2019.
On May 26, 2020 another case was reported where a video went viral showing two teenage boys who had mercilessly tied up a dog and thrown it in the pond to drown. The boys were identified in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
Recently, a pregnant stray dog was mercilessly beaten to death by two women in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. During her treatment the dog succumbed to her injuries. She even delivered 2 pups prematurely, neither of which could survive.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says, “A multitude of cruelty to animals cases are reported to PETA India regularly ranging from people abusing community dogs and cats, cruelty towards stray cattle that are typically discards of the dairy industry, cruelty towards companion animals, illegal slaughter/killing of animals, cruelty towards animals kept in captivity or used for entertainment.”
Animals are often treated with cruelty and cases of brutal killings or abuse of innocent animals often crawl up in our daily news which more or less are forgotten about sooner or later.