Celebs hit Kolkata streets protesting against killing of dog

November 16th, 2008 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 16 (IANS) After making known their discontent over happenings in Nandigram and Singur, celebrities Sunday hit the city streets for a different cause - protesting torture of stray dogs by fellow humans. Placards in hand, the celebrities took part in a silent procession from Deshapriya Park to Chetla Park in South Kolkata, spreading the message of humane treatment of animals.

Organised by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the procession saw the participation of around 300 eminent persons from various walks of life.

The immediate trigger for the protests was the burning alive of a stray dog that had entered a house twice in Chetla on October 23.

Buli Sen, an inhabitant of the house, allegedly emptied a can of kerosene over the canine and burnt it alive.

Following an FIR lodged by the locality’s animal lovers, Sen has been arrested.

“We have taken out the procession with the hope that it will help instil some amount of sympathy and love for animals, which many of us don’t have. We are human beings. Let us behave like humans,” said film actress Debosree Roy.

“How can you burn an animal alive? How can such things take place in a civilised society?” asked writer Nabanita Deb Sen.

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