Three people have been arrested in India after a viral video was filmed to endanger the Dolphin River.
The attack took place on December 31, when a group of youths beat a gangtic dolphin to death with wooden sticks and axes, and then suffocated the animal under the waters of the Sharda canal in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
In a graphic video In the attack, one of the men can be heard saying, “You are attacking him for no reason,” while the other can be heard saying, “Hit him now, hit him now.”
The dolphin was later found dead by a local Forest Department official with deep pimples on its body, but villagers were unwilling to reveal how the animal died.
But after footage of the attack went viral, three people were identified and arrested for promoting national hatred.
Gangetic Dolphin – the freshwater architect of the Ganges River in India and the Indus River in Pakistan, which can be identified by its long nose – is an endangered and protected animal and the national aquatic animal of India. It is estimated that there are less than 5,000 Gangetic dolphins left.
Opposition politician Sanjay Jha called for amendments to the criminal law to “impose the same fines and punish the torture and killing of animals as we have for humans.”
“The monsters that killed the dolphins should stay in jail,” he said.
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