In the wake of the demise of actor and well-known comedian Raju Srivastava on Wednesday, PETA India has sent a letter to Honourable Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Shri Parshottam Rupala, requesting that he honour the late artist by prohibiting the manufacture, trade, and possession of illegal spiked bits which are used to control horses through pain. In a PETA India video, which was produced on the heels of an enforcement drive conducted by Lucknow police in which 70 spiked bits were seized, Raju Srivastava delivers a powerful message asking people to report the use of spiked bits to police and to have a horse-free wedding.
“The spiked bits can cause [horses] painful injuries, and they can even bleed at times. While we are busy dancing in wedding ceremonies … the horses are suffering,” said Srivastava in the video. “Whenever you see spiked bits being used on a horse or even bulls, you can take action … and lodge a complaint with the local authorities.”
Law enforcement drives similar to the one in Lucknow have been conducted by Delhi police, Himachal Pradesh police, and Maharashtra police, following complaints by PETA India. PETA India has requested that the central government amend the above-mentioned rules to ban the manufacture, possession, trade, and sale of spiked bits, too.