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Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) Even as Telugu movie star Pawan Kalyan’s latest cinematic release ‘Bheemla Nayak’ sets the box office on fire, some of his die-hard fans are facing heat from the animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
After learning that a group of young men allegedly sacrificed a goat to celebrate the release of ‘Bheemla Nayak’, PETA India worked with senior Chittoor District Police officials to file a First Information Report (FIR) .
The goat was sacrificed at CSN Cinema, Pileru, Bodumalluvaripalle in Chittoor. The cruel incident captured on video shows people posing for photos and video while standing in front of the frightened goat. The video then shows the goat, fully conscious, being decapitated with a sword and the slaughter taking place in public view. The video also shows a man collecting blood from the sacrificed goat with his bare hands and smearing it on the movie poster.
The FIR was registered under Section 6 of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Animal and Bird Sacrifice Act 1950, Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code 1860, the Section 25(1)(A) of the Weapons Act 1959 and Section 11(1)(a) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960.
“PETA India commends Chittoor Police for taking action to send the message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated,” said Meet Ashar, Associate Director of PETA India’s Emergency Response Team. . “Just as human sacrifice is now treated as murder, at a time when India is embarking on space missions, the archaic practice of animal sacrifice must end. PETA India also recommends that these men undergo psychiatric evaluation and receive advice, because animal abuse indicates a profound mental disorder.”
In its complaint, PETA India pointed out that Section 5(b) of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Animal and Bird Sacrifices Act 1950 clearly states that no one shall knowingly permit a sacrifice is carried out in a place in its possession or under their control. Section 4 prohibits anyone from officiating, playing, serving, assisting or participating in the sacrifice of an animal in a congregation. Section 6 prescribes penalties and Section 8 makes all offenses provided for by law recognizable.
The Supreme Court has ruled that animals can only be slaughtered in officially licensed slaughterhouses and that municipal authorities must enforce this ruling. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Abattoirs) Rules 2001 and the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011 allow the slaughter of animals for food purposes only in approved slaughterhouses equipped with species-specific stunning equipment. .
Gujarat, Kerala, Pondicherry and Rajasthan already have laws in place prohibiting the religious sacrifice of any animal in a temple or its compound. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana prohibit it in or within any public place of religious worship or worship or in any congregation or procession connected with religious worship on a public road.