PETA Files Case Against Government, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum And Bharat Petroleum For Illegal Bullock Use

Maharashtra Government, Companies Have Failed to Implement Ban on Bullock Carts to Transport Kerosene

For Immediate Release: 

25 July 2011


Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected] 

Dr Manilal Valliyate +917738387108; [email protected]

Mumbai – In light of the Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies’ failure to remove now-banned bullock carts transporting kerosene from Mumbai’s streets despite the government decision two years ago to do so and the notification of Government of Maharashtra 2006 which bans the keeping and movement of cattle in Mumbai even for milk, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a case asking the Honourable High Court of Mumbai to direct the Ministry and Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited to immediately enforce the ban. The government had initially assured PETA India the ban would be implemented by 31 March 2009.
“Bullocks have no place in a city like Mumbai, and each day that these animals are forced to pull heavy loads through congested traffic is a day too long”, says PETA India’s Director of Veterinary Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate. “The enforcement of this ban is already two years overdue – it is long past time to bring in humane means to get oil to customers in Mumbai.”

Approximately 524 bullocks are currently used to transport kerosene from oil ports in Sewri and Wadala to different rationing shops in the city. As a result of the lack of enforcement of the ban on bullock carts, the bullocks have endured tremendous suffering. Many animals are underweight and ill; they are kept in filthy conditions, without any shade to protect them from rain or hot sun; and they are forced to work beyond their physical capabilities, pulling heavy loads in all extremes of weather. Many bullocks have red, irritated eyes or oozing eye infections because of the pollution caused by traffic. Most of them 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 like 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.

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