Investigation Exposes Filthy Horse Stables in Mumbai
PETA India has just released reports on its latest investigations of filthy and decrepit Mumbai stables for horses used to pull carriages in advance of the recent Bombay High Court hearing for the case, in which PETA and other non-governmental organisations are calling for a ban on Victorias in the city. Shocking photos reveal horses – some of whom are injured, sick or severely malnourished – who are forced to stand in their own urine and faeces on trash-strewn floors.
The inspection of Mumbai’s three biggest stables at Kamathipura, Nariman Point and PD Mello Road, near the Dargah – all of which are unlicensed – were conducted by Dr Avinash S Patil, senior veterinary officer of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA India’s director of veterinary affairs and co-opted member of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI); Dr Chetan Yadav, clinical quality assurance manager of Animal Rahat, an organisation that offers relief to animals who are forced to work, and Sunil Havaldar, honorary animal welfare officer of the AWBI and senior animal welfare officer of Animal Rahat.
The following are just a few of the inspectors’ findings:
- Faeces and urine had accumulated on the stable floors, attracting flies, with drainage either absent or blocked.
- Horses were tightly bound by their legs and heads, allowing them little to no movement, and forced to stand in their own waste on broken, uneven floors.
- Feed troughs and mangers were also filthy and lacked fresh food.
- The water kept in open plastic containers was muddy, contaminated and unfit for drinking.
- Some horses were so malnourished that their bones were protruding. Others were injured and otherwise debilitated with a body condition score of “very thin”.
- Conditions apparently violate The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; hygiene and basic standards of animal housing and The Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, as the stables are not licensed by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. These stables were so atrocious that they present a threat to public health.
Uneven flooring and filth
The horses’ suffering doesn’t end after they’re forced to pull heavy loads through Mumbai’s dangerous streets all day, including through monsoon rains. All they can look forward to at the end of a gruelling day of hard labour is being forced to wallow in filth in stables that don’t even have licenses to exist.