For Immediate Release:
19 November 2013
Actor to Accompany Group to High Level Meeting in Advance of High Court of Bombay Hearing
Mumbai – Bollywood beauty Jacqueline Fernandez will accompany her pals from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for a meeting with Sunil Prabhu, the Mayor of Mumbai, and Sitaram Kunte, the Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), to discuss cruelty to horses forced to haul carriages in Mumbai and the unlicensed stables in which they are housed, just before the High Court of Bombay hearing in December. Media are invited to attend a photo opportunity and press meet following the meeting.
When: Wednesday, 20 November, 3:15 pm sharp
Where: Mayor’s Office, first floor, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Municipal Head Office, Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai
PETA and several other non-governmental organisations have called for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in the city. PETA recently released reports from its latest investigations of filthy and decrepit Mumbai stables that house horses used to pull carriages. Shocking photos reveal that horses – including those who are injured, sick or severely malnourished – are forced to stand amidst their own urine and faeces on trash-strewn floors.
Horses used to pull carriages are routinely forced to haul more passengers than the legal limit allows in all weather extremes, are often lame or with permanent leg damage and are frequently denied adequate rest, food, water and veterinary care.
This is not the first time that Fernandez has come forward to speak up for horses. In addition to sending a letter to the BMC Commissioner asking him to ban the use of horses in the city immediately, she has starred in an ad to make people aware of the routine cruelty that horses endure in this industry.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.