MAHE gets strict on animal cruelty2 min read
MANIPAL: In a bid to prevent animal cruelty in its campus, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) released a circular dated December 17, 2018, informing its students and staff to refrain from any acts of cruelty against animals including stray dogs.
According to Section 11 (1) (a) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, if any person – beats, kicks, overrides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures or otherwise treats any animal so as to subject it to unnecessary pain or suffering or causes or, being the owner permits, any animals to be so treated, he shall be punishable.
Stray dogs in Manipal campuses are often hit at with sticks and stones by security guards, construction workers, and students too. In lieu of this matter, the circular has also pointed out that dogs, while in campus premises, cannot be driven away or hurled at with objects that could harm them. All the departments, units, centres, schools, and colleges under MAHE have also been instructed to sensitise their students and staff on this issue. The circular also calls for performing sterilisation and vaccination drives in a ‘humane, legal, and scientific’ way.
In a turn of events, Babita Madhwaraj, animal rights litigator and trustee at Madhwaraj Animal Care Trust, Malpe, took to social media and alleged that the circular released by MAHE was only an attempt to make up for the systematic displacement and killing of puppies that have been going on in MAHE campus for a very long time. In her Instagram post, she questioned MAHE about eight puppies that went missing from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) campus on the night of November 28, 2018. “There has been no information about them ever since three dog catchers took away these less than a month old puppies in a van,” she claimed.
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Manipal Academy of Higher Education – MAHE, has issued this touching circular on animal welfare in the campus ! Sic ???? but what about the hundreds of dogs and puppies that are systematically and regularly slaughtered , murdered , displaced , abandoned within the campus in the middle of the night over the years??? What about these 8 puppies that went missing from Manipal Institute of Technology campus on November 28th 2018 where a van with 3 dog catchers took away these less than a month old puppies ? repeated mails , calls and messages for information about the van went unheeded ! Where are the puppies ?????? I have filed a petition against MAHE awaiting inquiry ! There are complaints pending against these barbaric acts of extreme cruelty in PETA and In the office of Mrs Maneka Gandhi from other campus of MAHE as well !! And now this circular !!! WHERE ARE THE EIGHT PUPPIES?? @gk.prabhu_president_muj @universitymanipal @jaipurmanipal
Speaking to The Manipal Journal she said, “Displacing or killing these helpless animals is not at all a solution. All we need is an efficient system of sterilisation, vaccination, fostering, and sheltering of these animals. Conglomerates of institutions like MAHE can lead by example by helping with this.”
Over the past few years, there has been a significant boom in the canine populace of Manipal, considering the steady increase in the establishments of in-campus eateries such as the campus canteens and other restaurants. Stray dogs, who usually scavenge, depend on food scraps to survive. Unchecked population explosion could also mean that acts of cruelty towards these stray pooches may be neglected.
Contributory to this is the fact that Animal Birth Control (ABC) which aims at curbing the dog population by spaying and neutering, under Section 38 of PCA, 1960, is visibly not at pace with the ever growing dog numbers in the campus premises in Manipal and elsewhere in Udupi.
Edited by: Mehul Malpani