According to CNN, three people have been arrested in connection with an endangered Ganges river dolphin that was found beaten to death. A video of the incident went viral on social media.

Police arrested three individuals seen on the video after a carcass was found on December 31, investigating officer Akhilesh Pratap Singh told CNN. Nine people that were connected to the video are still at large.

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In the video, a group of young men hit and stab at the dolphin with rods and an axe. They thens suffocated the animal below the canal.

Source: NDTV/YouTube

Ganges river dolphins have dwindled in numbers in recent years. According to WWF, less than 1,800 exist in the wild right now.

“Living in one of the most densely populated parts of the world, the Ganges river dolphin faces threats from agriculture and industrial pollution and other human activity such as dam creation, irrigation projects and fishing,” shares the WWF.

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Activists are calling for stronger laws after the incident. Politician Sanjay Jha said in The Guardian that criminal laws should, “impose the same fine and punishment for hurting and killing animals as we have for human beings.” He also said that “Those monsters who murdered the dolphin must stay in jail.”

Sign this petition to demand that the Indian Government charge these men with animal abuse to prevent this kind of act from ever happening again!

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