Yuzvendra Chahal writes to PM Modi, bats for stronger laws for animal abuse
Yuzvendra Chahal has demanded stricter punishment for those involved in animal abuse (Getty Images)

India legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has voiced his concern regarding animal abuse in the country and has penned a letter to Narendra Modi asking the Indian Prime Minister to come up with sterner laws and stricter punishment for people engaging in the act.

As per a report in Mid-day, Chahal pointed put in his letter that the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Act of 1960 contains penalties that are outdated, such as a maximum fine of Rs 50 for first-time offenders.

“Sadly, reports indicate cows, dogs, and other animals across the country are enduring routine abuse, such as being beaten, poisoned, attacked with acid, and even sexually assaulted. If those guilty of cruelty to animals received significant fines, jail time, and counselling, it would ensure that they are protected and hopefully treated with the compassion and respect they deserve,” Chahal said.

Chahal is not the first Indian cricketer to have taken up the with the government. Indian captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan had signed PETA’s petition in 2016, asking the government to strengthen their guard on the topic.

Chahal, who has represented India in 26 T20Is and ODIs each for India, is a former chess player for Haryana. He made his debut for India against Zimbabwe in 2016 and has since picked up 87 international wickets. He recently featured for India A in a four-day game where he picked up 2/84 against South Africa A. He took four wickets in two games and reckoned it was a challenge for him to return to the red-ball format having represented India regularly with the while ball over the last two years.