Today the government has announced animal cruelty as a crime. A Step In Right Direction! Punishment For Animal Cruelty To Be Increased To 5 Years Jail, Fine. From dogs to cats, horses and even elephants there is no limit to the cruelty that we have inflicted on animals.
One of the reasons for people, at least in India, committing such acts is because of how lenient the punishments are. The Rs 50 penalty was for any acts of animal cruelty including beating, kicking, torturing, starving, overloading, overriding and mutilating an animal.
According to The Times of India, the draft has proposed offences in three categories - minor injury, major injury leading to permanent disability, and death to an animal due to cruel practice. The prescribed penalties would range from Rs 750 to Rs 75000 and a jail term of up to five years.