India have just received a copy of the instructions sent to ration shops and
oil companies by the Controller of Rationing at the Food and Civil Supplies
Department, ending the use of bullock carts to transport kerosene in the city.
The instructions were sent along with a copy of the 2006 notification by the
Government of Maharashtra that bans the keeping and movement of cattle in
Mumbai. These instructions follow a five-year campaign by PETA
India, and they mean that Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum
Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd have stopped using bullock
carts to transport kerosene as of 1 February 2012.
PETA India's campaign to
stop the use of bulls to haul kerosene in Mumbai has included numerous meetings
with government officials, demonstrations outside Indian Oil petrol pumps, a
disruption of the Oil and Gas Review Summit and International Exhibition by a
PETA India supporter and a petition signed by Akshaye Khanna, Rahul Khanna,
Raveena Tandon, Eesha Koppikar, Arjun Rampal and other celebrities. In November
2010, in order to kick-start the ban on bullock-drawn kerosene carts, PETA
India, through Piaggio,
donated an auto-rickshaw to a selected bullock owner in exchange for his bull,
who was sent to Animal Rahat's sanctuary. A PETA India case regarding this
issue is also being argued in the High Court of Bombay.
"Forcing bullocks, who
are often sick and injured, to pull heavy oil carts on busy, hot and
fume-filled Mumbai streets is an act of extreme abuse, and we are thrilled to
see that the government has now taken steps to put this archaic and illegal
practice to an end", says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr
Manilal Valliyate. "PETA applauds the government's action because it will
bring much-awaited relief to hundreds of bullocks."
More than 500 bullocks were
being used to transport kerosene from oil ports in Sewri and Wadala to
rationing shops in the city. These animals endured tremendous suffering – many
bullocks were underweight and ill, kept in filthy conditions and forced to work
beyond their physical capabilities, pulling heavy loads in all weather
extremes. Many suffered from yoke gall (acute and chronic inflammation caused
by pressure from a yoke or harness), maggot-infested wounds, infected sores,
acute or chronic arthritis or intestinal problems, such as diarrhoea and
impaction. The animals were rarely, if ever, given veterinary treatment. And
because the carts are a traffic hazard, the public was also put at risk.
In a meeting held on 4 May
2011 by the Food and Civil Supplies Department that was attended by bullock
owners associations and PETA India, it was decided that bullock owners would be
given until 22 October 2011 to discontinue using bullock carts and switch over
to appropriate motorised transport. The bullock owners were previously given
until March 2009 to discontinue their use of bullock carts, so they have had
three years to make the transition.
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