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Cruelty to animals is no small matter
Akokla Imchen  :  Apr/24/2017 06:54:PM
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Cruelty against animals has always been present but a rash of reports of cruel attacks on animals have surfaced in recent months as we see animals tortured and mistreated in every corner across the nation.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Well, looking at the defunct laws against animal cruelty across the country, it seems like we have failed him, and the nation, miserably. There is a disturbing and never-ending list of animal abuse cases that have come up just in the recent past across the nation: In Nagaland it is an everyday issue that pets go missing from the neighbourhood and homes. The disappearance of animals from our lives has opened a space in which there is no reality check, either on the sentiment or the brutality.
News reports such as stabbing puppies and stray dogs; stray dogs burnt alive; another tied up and beaten with lathis, etc., has been surfacing quite frequently in the media.
In 2016, in Chennai, a video that showed a man throwing off an ill fated dog from the terrace of his building went viral and caused a lot of outrage. He and his companion were caught, but shockingly they were released on bail within minutes. The dog, is reportedly to be safe and in good hands.
Every hour these speechless animals are slaughtered, beaten by kids, murdered, killed in accidents by rash and careless driving and even attacked by acids. People forget that the animals are speechless but they too have the right to live and this need to be reminded to every person mistreating animals.
Valuing other lives
In India, animal life is cheap, despite laws that seek to safeguard them. The main law pertaining to cruelty towards animals is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA Act), which has not been amended even once ever since its inception. The most glaring anomaly is that punishment for killing any stray animal is a worthless fine of Rs.50 and no jail term. If all an offender has to do if he kills a stray dog is pay Rs.50 and go scot-free, this begs the question, how much do we value lives that are not human?
It does not behoove a civilized society and the world’s largest democracy to not have legal protection for the voiceless, especially given the extent of cruelty perpetrated against them.
It flies in the face of our constitutional duty under Article 51A (g), which enjoins us to have compassion for all living beings and not just humans, to act immediately. But the larger malaise, that laws against animal cruelty are obsolete, remains. India must re-examine its law as there is no other way to immediately address this oft-sidelined form of violence, one that stray or even domesticated animals are most vulnerable to.Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Dimapur Unit
Animal rescue videos on electronic and social media move us, don’t they? While they make for an interesting watch, one cannot help but wonder why not much is done in India or even in Nagaland for instance. How far do we as individual human beings go to save an animal? It isn’t just about declaring your love for an animal and turning vegetarian or going vegan, but about extending a helping hand to save a cat or a dog, or maybe, even educate those ignorant that even animals has the right to decent living. Well apparently there are many who do, even here in Nagaland.
To protect rights of animals and save them from cruelty, SPCA Dimapur unit was formed under the initiative and support of then Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, N. Hushili Sema in 2014.
Although facing dearth of valuable funds as well as volunteers, some animal lovers like Mrs. Marian Rao, N. Joseph Lemtur, Dr. Temsu Ozukum and Mrs. Tekatenla Imchen has given their dedication and unselfish initiative in making SPCA Dimapur unit functional. As such, today the SPCA Dimapur unit, a now government registered unit, has set up its office at the office of the chief veterinary officer, Burma Camp and is surviving, despite of lack of funds and aids. Many a times, animal lovers in this city have come forward to take the initiative to help the voiceless animals in various forms yet due to lack of support and assistance; their efforts might not have been able to make an impact as effective and influential as it should have been, said SPCA member Amongla Imchen. In this regard, SPCA member Tekatenla added that despite facing odds from various sections of society, yet the passion of the existing members is never doused. The animals deserve to be treated with kindness, love and respect, she added.
Hence, SPCA’s aim is to impart knowledge to the people in relation to the treatments of animals and encourage the formation of public opinion against infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to animals through means of poster campaign, conducting seminars and exhibitions, etc., from time to time.
The main aims and objectives of the Dimapur SPCA unit are:
1. To promote kindness and prevent cruelty to animals.
2. To create awareness and seek to foster a caring community intolerant of cruelty to animals.
3. To build a shelter for animals.
4. To make provisions for modern animal welfare facilities such as Hospitals, doctors, crematoriums, ambulances, etc.
5. To facilitate adoption and enforcement of modern welfare regulations.
6. To rescue animals in distress.
7. To run a shelter for stray and abundant animals.
8. To provide first aid to injured animals.
9. To reunite lost and found pets with their families or find a loving and caring home if unclaimed.
Get registered with SPCA
SPCA Dimapur members are dedicated to ensuring the safety, protection and care of animals. SPCA Dimapur unit has called upon any persons interested to enroll as a valued member of SPCA with an annual membership fee of Rs. 500/- along with 3 passport size photographs and a photocopy of any ID proof.
Registration forms can be obtained from any of these landmarks listed below:
1. SPCA office, CVO office complex, 1st floor, Burma camp, Dimapur.
2. Wonderchef office, opposite Pentecostal church, Purana Bazar.
3. One Roof, Near Rengma Church, Neisatuo Colony, Khermahal.
4. Diners’ restaurant, opposite popular bakery, Church road.
5. The Urban Rust, Near NMM building, Duncan Bosti, Dimapur.
6. Adi Ketechu, House No 181, Kachari Gaon.

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