By Arré Bench Jul. 20, 2020
A shocking video that has emerged from Uttar Pradesh shows villagers hitting a monkey with sticks while it is tied to a tree and pouring black paint all over it. While we may consider animals to be untamed, events like these reveal who the real beasts are.
Human activities like shopping, dining, and socialising have been curtailed by coronavirus pandemic, but it appears animal cruelty never takes any time off. A shocking video from Uttar Pradesh emerged over the weekend that shows villagers from Pilibhit torturing a monkey. The men in the video are seen hitting the creature with sticks while it is tied to a tree, and then pouring black paint all over it. After this torture, the monkey was released by the men and it fled into the forest.
In a horrifying video being circulated on social media, a monkey is seen being tortured by several men in Uttar Pradesh.https://t.co/EcmJ2lTnew
— The Quint (@TheQuint) July 18, 2020
The video shows the extent of cruelty that humans dish out toward animals, which is something that transpires regularly, but this time it was captured on film. Thanks to the video going viral, the perpetrators were unable to get away with their actions, as the local forest department filed an FIR. Uttar Pradesh police arrested four men in connection to the crime, and fined them ₹60,000, according to reports.
Horrible incident in #Pilibhit. #UttarPradesh. A #monkey was tortured, black paint poured on it before it was allowed to go. 4 people arrested and fined 60K after a FIR by the forest department. pic.twitter.com/Hvl6RIaNop
— Sanjay Kishore (@saintkishore) July 18, 2020
While the arrest and fine are meant to be a deterrent for people contemplating such barbaric acts, animal cruelty in India is a chronic problem. In Rajasthan, a four-year-old camel was beaten to death for damaging a farm.
A four-year-old female camel was allegedly beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Churu district
(Jaykrishnan Sharma reports)https://t.co/FXpPiHjNYh
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) July 20, 2020
It’s also an issue that has been getting increased coverage since last month – a pregnant elephant in Kerala lost her life after eating explosive-laced bait meant for wild boars. The elephant’s last moments were captured on film, and kickstarted a discussion about how we treat animals.
In Kerala: As an elephant walked on the streets, she was offered a cracker-laden pineapple by locals. She was pregnant. The fruit blew up in her mouth. She died a painful death.
— Shubhangi Tiwari (@shubh19822) June 2, 2020
The monkey in Pilibhit was able to escape with its life. Another monkey in Telangana was not so lucky. Last month, another gruesome viral video depicting animal cruelty did the rounds of social media. In Telangana’s Khammam district, villagers killed a monkey and hung its body from the branches of a tree, supposedly to scare off the rest of its troop. These tactics may have worked for pirates in the 17th century, but no matter how much food they might loot, our bandars are not Blackbeard. In this case too, the guilty party was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act.
On cam: Monkey hanged to death in a Telangana village
In a brutal incident, a monkey was hanged to death when it came to a village in Telangana to quench its thirst. pic.twitter.com/SEWRhmMkyo
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) June 29, 2020
Be it wildlife, strays, or even pets, there is no shortage of horror stories when it comes to mistreatment of our fellow living beings in India. These incidents are all from the last two months; going further back through time will yield even more depressing headlines. While we may consider animals to be untamed, events like these reveal who the real beasts are.