‘Bull’ In Wheelchair Demands Indian Oil End Illegal Use Of Bullock Carts

PETA to Protest Harsh Working Conditions for Suffering Bulls

For Immediate Release:

20 October 2011


Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]

Dr Manilal Valliyate +91 9820947382; [email protected]

Mumbai – 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 Friday. Holding signs reading, “Indian Oil: Stop Supporting Cruel Bull Carts”, protesters will call on Indian Oil Corporation Ltd to start obeying the state government’s ban on the use of bullock carts in the city and replace the carts with a motorised form of oil transportation.

When:     Friday, 21 October, 12 noon sharp 

Where:    Outside the Indian Oil petrol station, near Parsee Gymkhana, H Road, Marine Lines, Mumbai

“Indian Oil gives only lip service to the Ministry’s 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.