‘Horses’ Dressed As Slaves To Call For Ban On Victorias In Mumbai

For Immediate Release:
14 January 2014

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

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Mumbai – Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India wearing horse masks and slave costumes – and some pulling a carriage – will hold signs that read, “End Slavery: Ban Victorias”, on Wednesday at the Carter Road Amphitheatre. The action comes just before the High Court of Bombay hearing on the future of Victorias in the city, which is scheduled for 23 January. Recently, the High Court was informed that the traffic police support ending the renewal of Victoria licences because horse carriages and cars are a dangerous combination.

When: Wednesday, 15 January, 12 noon sharp
Where: Carter Road Amphitheatre, opposite Café Coffee Day, Bandra W, Mumbai

“Horses forced to pull carriages in Mumbai have been injured or killed after being struck by vehicles, and they have caused people’s deaths”, says PETA India’s Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “The only way to ensure that these gentle animals don’t suffer and that the safety of residents and tourists isn’t placed at risk is to enact an all-out ban on horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai.”

Shocking photos from PETA’s investigations of Mumbai’s horse-drawn carriage industry reveal that horses – including those who are injured, sick or severely malnourished – are forced to stand amidst their own waste in filthy and decrepit, unlicensed stables.

Recently, government and other veterinary experts testified that horses, who hauled carriages in Mumbai and who were rescued by a court-appointed committee of which PETA is a part, were permanently unfit for work. The Chairperson of the Animal Welfare Board of India (and former Director of the Remount Veterinary Corps of the Indian Army), the surgery and preventive medicine professors from Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University and the Livestock Development Officer from the Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Department said that the horses, some of whom are partially blind, are suffering from osteoarthritis and tenosynovitis, which cannot be cured, repaired or reversed, either medically or surgically. If they’re forced to work on hard pavement again, their condition can worsen, likely causing sound joints, tendons and ligaments to deteriorate.

The following people have all appealed to authorities to ban Victorias: Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt, Arunoday Singh, Munish Makhija, Dino Morea, Sunny Leone, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Arjun Rampal, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sandip Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.