Written by PETA
Right before the High Court of Bombay hearing for Mumbai's horse-drawn
carriages on 13 December 2012, PETA released the findings of its latest
investigation of cruelty to horses used by the carriage industry in the city.
See some of the heart-rending photographs from PETA's investigation,
which show sick, injured, overworked and malnourished horses forced to live in
atrociously filthy conditions.
An earlier court ruling suggested that horses
found to be unfit should not be used for pulling carriages again until a
veterinary officer determines that they are fit. As PETA points out, though,
the stables are in decrepit condition, and forcing horses to work in the
congested city, hauling loads on pavement, deteriorates their physical and
mental health. The following are just a few of PETA's findings:
Join the campaign and call for a ban on cruel horse-drawn carriages in
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.
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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