Written by PETA
actor Zeenat Aman has written a letter on behalf of PETA and citizens’ group Mumbai for Horses to the Municipal
Corporation of Mumbai calling for a total ban on cruel and dangerous
In her letter to
Municipal Commissioner of Greater Mumbai Sitaram Kunte, Aman points out that the
lives of both horses and humans are placed at risk by mixing antiquated horse-drawn carriages and heavy city
to pull carriages are forced to work in sweltering heat and extreme cold and
are frequently denied adequate rest, food, and water. Most never see a
veterinarian in their lifetimes.
"Recently, while a vigil was being held in Mumbai
for one beleaguered horse who had died, another horse forced to haul a carriage
collapsed." writes Aman. "How many more horses and people have to
become injured or die before horse carriages are banned in Mumbai?"
Adding strength to the ongoing public interest litigation filed by the
Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, PETA India's intervention application and that of People for Animals to ban horse-drawn carriages were accepted by the High Court
of Bombay earlier this month. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 26
Aman joins a growing number of celebrities – including Hema Mailini, John Abraham, Jacqueline
Fernandez, and choreographer Sandip
Soparrkar and his supermodel wife Jesse
Randhawa – who have asked the government to ban horse-drawn carriages.
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