PETA calls for highest punishment for Shaktimaan's attackers

PETA calls for highest punishment for Shaktimaan

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-03-18 11:56 New Delhi: Following the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ganesh Joshi for allegedly assaulting police horse Shaktimaan, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India on Friday lauded the move, while calling for the highest punishment possible under Section 429 to everyone who was involved in hitting and injuring the animal. In a statement, PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura said that Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code makes it illegal to maim or render useless any animal above the value of Rs. 50 and carries a penalty of imprisonment up to five years, or fine, or both. Asserting that to act as a genuine deterrent against cruelty to animals, and to show the public this crime has been taken seriously, she added that the highest punishment possible under Section 429 must be applied to everyone who was involved in hitting and harassing Shaktimaan, or causing his fall. "PETA will be appealing to the Ministry of Environment, Forests