Delhi police, with the help of PETA India, conducted enforcement drives in busy Delhi neighbourhoods – including Tatarpur, Rajouri Garden, Moti Nagar, Mangolpuri, Sultanpuri, Nangloi Jat, Chhatarpur, and Maidan Garhi – against the illegal use of spiked (or “thorn”) bits. These torture devices are fitted into horses’ mouths and used to control the animals. They’re commonly worn by those used for weddings and rides, even though they’re prohibited under Rule 8 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965.
Delhi police and PETA India intervened in the cases of more than 50 horses, replacing the spiked bits with smooth ones. A non-cognisable offence report for multiple violations of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, was registered against four horse owners by the Rajouri Garden police station. As per Section 38(3) of the Act, any person who contravenes the 1965 Rule shall be subject to punishment, which could include imprisonment.
Numerous wedding parties are now opting for horse-free transportation options, from walking to arriving in a Ferrari or even dropping in by helicopter. High-profile celebrity couples whose weddings were horse-free include Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay, Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, and Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja.
In 2014, the Animal Welfare Board of India issued an advisory requesting that states and union territories impose a ban on the manufacture, trade, possession, and use of spiked bits. Many of them claim to have taken action, but the clamour for a clampdown is growing – and enforcement drives such as those conducted by the Delhi police show why. PETA India has requested that the central government enforce the law in order to stop the use of these torture devices and ban their manufacture, possession, and sale.Pledge Never to Use Horses at Weddings