Written by PETA
Representing PETA India and Animal Rahat, a panel of India's most
renowned equine veterinarians – who together have more than 32 years of
experience addressing India's most challenging equine welfare issues – came
together with Mumbai for Horses and People for Animals to make the case that
the only way to stop the abuse and suffering of horses used to pull carriages
through the streets of Mumbai and avoid the traffic hazards that they cause is
to enact an all-out city-wide ban on Victorias. The experts also explained that
passengers, drivers and pedestrians are injured and even killed when
horse-drawn carriages are involved in accidents.
Three equine experts – Dr Manilal
Valliyate, director of veterinary affairs for PETA India and member of the
Animal Welfare Board of India; Dr Avinash Kumar, a leading equine veterinarian
who has worked for The Brooke, an equine welfare charity; and Dr Chetan Yadav,
an equine veterinarian and leading animal welfare specialist working for Animal
Rahat – presented graphic, never-before-seen photos and video footage proving
that keeping horse-drawn carriages on the roads would only ensure that the
cycle of abuse continues.
Dr Valliyate explained that once horses lose
function in a joint, as happens quickly when they're made to walk on pavement
or haul heavy loads, more stress will be placed on their other joints, tendons
and ligaments. No veterinary medicine or surgery can cure this condition, and
it cannot be reversed. The equine veterinarians also pointed out that any move
to issue licenses to the city's currently filthy, decrepit and illegal stables
could subject the horses to various infectious diseases – such as glanders,
strangles, tetanus and equine influenza – and cause many animals to die.
used to haul a carriage despite painfully swollen joints.
Furthermore, despite an order from the Bombay
High Court that nongovernmental organisations be permitted to inspect horses
for signs of poor health or compromised welfare and report the matter to an
executive health officer and despite holding written authorisation from the
Animal Welfare Board of India – a statutory body under the Ministry of
Environment and Forests – to conduct such an inspection, a team of equine
veterinarians from PETA and Animal Rahat was harassed and prevented from
conducting inspections of the horses used to haul carriages in Mumbai by the
carriage owners and drivers and their lawyer.
delegation from PETA met with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to
present a letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) objecting
to plans to build a dolphin
park in Sindhudurg. Animal
protection organisations are unanimously opposed to this cruel proposal.
The MoEF rightfully points out that it is illegal to
hunt and capture animals protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. What's
more, multiple studies have determined that keeping dolphins and other marine
animals in captivity leads to suffering and premature death because their
complex needs simply cannot be met in cramped and barren tanks.
Dolphins inhabit vast and fascinating worlds in
their ocean home and establish close, cooperative and long-standing
relationships. They swim freely and socialise in family groups and can cover up
to 100 miles a day. Dolphins used in marine parks are violently torn away from
their families and confined to small tanks in which they can only swim in
endless circles and perform tricks for food. Most captive dolphins die far
short of their expected lifespan.
Time is of the essence to get this plan stopped! Please contact the
Maharashtra Chief Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org, the
Minister of Tourism, India, at email@example.com and
the Maharashtra Forest
Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org and
urge them to abandon plans to open a dolphinarium in Sindhudurg.
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