‘Bull’ In Wheelchair Demands Indian Oil End Illegal Use Of Bullock Carts
PETA to Protest Harsh Working Conditions for Suffering Bulls
For Immediate Release:
18 January 2012
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]
Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected]
Bangalore – Covered in bandages, a costumed “bull” in a wheelchair and other members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will stand outside an Indian Oil petrol station on Thursday as part of their India wide campaign to call on the company to start obeying the Maharashtra state government’s ban on the use of bullock carts in Mumbai city and replace the carts with a motorised form of oil transportation. The protestors will hold signs reading, “Indian Oil: Stop Supporting Cruel Bull Carts”.
When: Thursday, 19 January, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside IOCL Petrol Pump, St. Marks Road, Near M.G. Road, Bangalore.
“Indian Oil gives only lip service to the Maharashtra state ban on the use of bullocks to pull oil carts through traffic – the company has done nothing to switch to a humane method of transporting oil”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Indian Oil has the resources and the ethical responsibility to make sure that bulls do not continue to suffer for its profits.”
In 2008, Maharashtra’s Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies decided to phase out the use of bullock carts to transport kerosene in Mumbai by 31 March 2009, and a Government of Maharashtra 2006 notification bans the keeping and movement of cattle in Mumbai. Despite this, more than 500 bullocks – of which nearly 270 are used for Indian Oil – still transport kerosene throughout the city. These animals endure tremendous suffering – many are underweight and ill, are kept in filthy conditions and are forced to work beyond their physical capabilities, pulling heavy loads in all weather extremes. Many also suffer from “yoke gall” (acute and chronic inflammation caused by pressure from the yoke or harness), maggot-infested wounds, infected sores, acute or chronic arthritis or intestinal problems, such as diarrhoea and impaction. The animals are rarely, if ever, given veterinary treatment. And because the carts are a traffic hazard, the public is also put at risk.
PETA’s letters to Indian Oil are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.