Delhi Police and PETA India to Display Over 50 Seized Spiked Bits Used to Control Horses in Weddings

For Immediate Release:

9 July 2018


Nikunj Sharma; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

Group Calls On Government to Crack Down on Use of Torture Devices to Control Horses During Ceremonial Events  

Delhi – Delhi Police, with the help of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has conducted an enforcement drive throughout the city against the illegal use of spiked (or “thorn”) bits, which are used to control horses used for weddings and rides despite being prohibited under Rule 8 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965.

The team intervened in the cases of more than 50 horses, replacing the spiked bits with plane ones, which PETA India and the Delhi Police will display on Tuesday at the Moti Nagar police station as part of an awareness drive to let the public know their use is illegal:

Where: Moti Nagar Police Station, near Petrol Pump and Moti Nagar Fire Station, New Moti Nagar, Delhi 110015

 When: Tuesday, 10 July, 12 noon to 1 pm

“Spiked bits rip horses’ lips and tongues, causing them extreme pain, bloody wounds, immense psychological trauma, and lifelong damage,” says PETA India CEO and equine veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Weddings are supposed to be happy occasions, but they’re a nightmare for horses who are controlled through pain.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – is taking action to end the use of spiked bits. The group has sent a letter calling on the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to enforce the law against the use of these torture devices and to amend Rule 8 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965, to include a ban on their manufacture and sale as well. The group also wrote to to ask that the vile devices be removed from its e-commerce site. And PETA India’s new video asks brides- and grooms-to-be to pledge to ride in an antique car, on a motorcycle, or in some other cruelty-free vehicle.

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