We Need Harsher Punishment for Animal Torture. Video Shows UP Men Hitting Monkey with Stick, Pouring Paint on It


We Need Harsher Punishment for Animal Torture. Video Shows UP Men Hitting Monkey with Stick, Pouring Paint on It

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.