An absolutely horrifying video which shows youths burning three puppies alive in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad has sparked a fierce social media debate on animal cruelty in the south Asian nation, according to reports emerging in the Indian media.
The incident took place on July 16 in a graveyard in Hyderabad, where some teenagers gathered to burn three puppies alive for the sake of “some fun,” reports the Times of India. The teenagers allegedly made a video of the gruesome incident to share with their friends, but it was not until Wednesday that an animal rights activist got hold of the shocking video, who then approached the local police.
The video shows about five to six teenagers burning the puppies alive in an open land, later identified as a graveyard by police officials. As boys are seen NDTV reports, the setting the puppies on fire after tying them together and covering them with hay, dry grass, and twigs. In the gut-wrenching video, the poor animals can be heard squealing and calling for help, and one of them even manages to wriggle out of the burning pile, before a teenager shoves him back into the fire with sticks.
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The video has gone viral since it was posted on various video-sharing sites on Wednesday morning, sparking a massive debate on animal cruelty in the Indian subcontinent, which has often found itself grappling with allegations of grave violations of animal rights.
The latest video could just be a documentation of one such incident, critics argue, and weak and archaic laws protecting animals in India mean perpetrators often go scot-free even after committing heinous crimes.
Shreya Paropkari and Jayasimha Nuggehalli, two animal rights activists who work for an NGO called People for Animals, registered a police complaint against the boys after the videos surfaced on social media. Shreya told NDTV that although she regularly receives complaints of animal abuse, this is one of the worst incidents she has had to deal with.
“In a shocking case of animal cruelty, seen in a video circulated on social media, carrying three puppies, approximately two months old, by their hind legs in the premises of a graveyard and burning them alive under a pile of dried branches, sticks and jute sacks. The puppies were seen struggling to escape while the culprits push them back and hold them down under the burning fire using poles.
“It was heart wrenching to watch such a video and to see how people, especially minors, are attracted towards cruelty. The minors committed an offence by killing puppies while the another crime is that the others circulated such a video through various social networking sites and WhatsApp.”
Another video, which shows a man in the same city taking aim at a dog and shooting it dead, also emerged online on the same day, sparking massive social media unrest in India. Animal lovers were vociferous in their denunciation of such acts, urging the government to enact strict laws to protect animals in the country.
The local authorities said that both cases remain under investigation, with one spokesperson saying the police hopes to arrest the perpetrators soon.
The horrific video comes on the back of the now infamous case of a dog being thrown off a terrace by medical students in the city of Chennai, along with a host of animal cruelty cases across the country, including serial killing of dogs in Delhi, a bestiality case in Kerala, and a case of puppy killing in Bengaluru among others, according to the New Indian Express.
While many remain dumbstruck by the poor implementation of animal cruelty laws in India which strengthen perpetrators, most people are just taken aback by the sheer inhumanity that is on display in the gruesome video.
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