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God’s Own Country-Where Animals are Harmed

Written by Nihal Singh Dhingra, a grade 9 student.

A horrific event took place in a village of the Palakkad district of Kerala on 27 May 2020. A pregnant elephant was killed when…

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Written by Nihal Singh Dhingra, a grade 9 student.

A horrific event took place in a village of the Palakkad district of Kerala on 27 May 2020. A pregnant elephant was killed when she ate a pineapple laden (loaded) with explosives (like crackers). This resulted in the destruction of her tongue and the breaking of her lower jaw. The hungry animal wandered around the village in pain, and although she was suffering a lot, she remained calm and did not hurt anyone. On seeing a river, the elephant went and dipped her mouth in the water, which probably gave her some relief from the burning explosives. Forest officials tried to coax her out of the river, but it was unsuccessful. A few hours later, the elephant died along with a child in her womb. Who would have done such a diabolical act, that too in God’s own country-Kerala?

Can you imagine what must be going on in the animal’s mind?

This is a result of the lax (not strict) animal cruelty laws in India. The fine for harming an animal in the country is from 10 – 50 Rupees. This small amount wouldn’t buy you a decent cup of coffee in most of the cities in the country. If this offence is repeated by the same individual within three months, the penalty may go up to 100 Rupees and the person can be jailed for three months. On the other hand, Texas in the United States of America has a 10,000 USD fine and up to two years in jail for animal cruelty (this is about 7 lakh Rupees!). In the United Kingdom, an individual can be jailed for fifty- one weeks and can be fined for 20,000 GBP (pounds) or less.

The list of such countries with strict animal cruelty laws is endless. These are some of the countries in the world that India can and should take cues from. We should not forget that animals are also living beings and we should treat them equally.

We all must remember this famous quote by Buddha-“Be kind to all creatures; this is the true religion.”

Written by Nihal Singh Dhingra, a grade 9 student.

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