Adding strength to the ongoing public interest
litigation filed by the Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, an intervention
application by PETA India has been accepted by the honourable High Court of
Bombay. In recent years, PETA has gathered substantial evidence of cruelty to
horses used for Victorias in Mumbai as well as the traffic risk that they pose
to citizens. A number of the group's celebrity supporters, including Hema
Malini, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez, have backed its call for a
ban on the Victorias.
"Forcing horses to haul tourists in carriages
through congested traffic is already banned in Delhi, Paris, London, Toronto,
Beijing and other cities", says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs
Dr Manilal Valliyate. "Most tourists despise the
cruelty to horses, and locals prefer forms of entertainment that do not harm
animals. A ban on Victorias is necessary and inevitable."
Pushed past the point of exhaustion, horses often collapse when they are
too worn out to continue and are repeatedly whipped in an effort to get them
back on their feet. PETA decided to intervene in the wake of growing concerns
from compassionate citizens regarding accidents in which horses have collapsed
and even died. A carriage horse was critically injured after he collapsed
because of exhaustion at Gateway of India in July 2012. Another horse died
immediately after being hit by a taxi in front of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
that same month.
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