Mumbai Horse-Drawn Victorias Issued Challans Following PETA Action

For Immediate Release:
7 January 2016

Dr Ashish Sutar (0) 9820947382; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera (0) 9820122561; [email protected]

Carriage Drivers Continue to Flout Rules

Mumbai – Last night, a team from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and the PETA-supported animal-rescue group Animal Rahat made a surprise visit to Colaba and discovered that horse-drawn carriage drivers continue to flout traffic rules and violate entry restrictions established by the Mumbai police. Based on complaints by the team, the Colaba traffic police issued 10 challans to Victoria drivers operating in violation of location and timing entry restrictions at Cooperage Road and PJ Ramchandani Marg near the Gateway of India.

“In June 2015, the Bombay High Court stated that the use of horse carriages in Mumbai is completely illegal and directed the state government to phase out all horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai within a year”, says Dr Ashish Sutar, PETA India senior manager of veterinary projects. “However, this inspection reconfirms that Victoria drivers continue to ignore the traffic restrictions and operate in prohibited lanes and during prohibited times.”

In its directive, the Bombay High Court stated that in any case involving apparent violations of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, all the authorities concerned should take appropriate action in accordance with the law. The court also said that PETA and others who were party to the court case are free to point out violations to the relevant authorities.

In December 2015, the same expert team worked with the police to confiscate a severely lame horse near the Gateway of India. The horse, who had acute inflammation of the tendons and joints of both hind legs and an infection of the left front hoof, was taken to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for necessary veterinary treatment and care.

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