Written by PETA
of PETA India, Jism 2 writer Mahesh
Bhatt; director Pooja Bhatt; lyric writer, music producer and background score
composer Munish Makhija; co-producer Dino Morea; actors Sunny Leone and
Arunoday Singh; and music director Arko Pravo Mukerjee have fired off an urgent
letter to Prithviraj Chavan, the chief minister of Maharashtra, urging him to
immediately ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai.
In the letter,the Jism 2 team points out
that the horses are forced to haul heavy loads and are driven beyond their
capacity to the point of collapse. The team also explains that passengers,
drivers and pedestrians are injured and sometimes killed when the carriages and
horses are involved in accidents.
horses to haul carriages in Mumbai is inherently cruel, as the horses routinely
collapse from exhaustion", reads the letter. "They're also a traffic
nuisance, and people have even died from accidents caused by horse-drawn
carriages. It is high time to put horse carriages out to pasture – for good."
also explains that the Bombay High Court's order to have non-governmental
organisations bring ill and injured horses to the executive health officer's
notice and that the horses be given veterinary care before being pressed back
into service is woefully inadequate. That's because the horses will be forced
to resume pulling heavy loads, only to fall ill or get injured again, and the
cycle of suffering will continue. However, recently, it's been shown that
despite this order, inspections are not even being permitted. A team consisting
of equine veterinarians from PETA India and Animal Rahat were harassed and
stopped from conducting inspections of the horses used to haul carriages in
Mumbai by the horse-carriage owners and drivers and their lawyer, despite
holding written authorisation from the Animal Welfare Board of India, a
statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to conduct the
help urge the authorities to ban horse-drawn carriages by taking action now.
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