Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Plan to Use 1,000 Horses Comes Under Fire from PETA

For Immediate Release:
31 July 2015

Nikunj Sharma; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Rashtriya Janata Dal Party’s Planned Action Apparently Goes Against Election Commission of India’s Advisory Restricting the Use of Animals, Says Group

Patna – Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav recently announced plans to use 1,000 horses to pull tam tams (horse-drawn carriages) during the party’s campaign in the upcoming elections in Bihar, which apparently goes against the Election Commission of India’s 2012 advisory asking all political parties to refrain from using animals for political campaigns. That’s why People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent an urgent appeal to RJD to cancel its plans as well as a letter to election authorities.

“Political parties should try to garner support through ideas, not by parading around vulnerable animals”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “PETA India is calling for a halt to RJD’s plan to use tam tams—and the plans of any political party to use animals—since such use goes directly against the Election Commission of India’s advisory restricting the use of animals during election campaigns.

As PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – points out in its letters, animals used in political campaigns are often forced into the middle of screaming crowds, which they find terrifying, and easily spooked by loud noises, which creates risk of serious injury to both themselves and people. They are also beaten, forced to carry loads in excess of their physical capacities and denied adequate food and water. Last month, following meetings with PETA India after a horse was reportedly crushed by National Students’ Union of India supporters, the student wing of the Indian National Congress issued a circular to all its units across India advising them not to use animals in any political rallies, functions or events.

A copy of PETA’s letter to RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav is available upon request.

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Note: PETA supports animal rights and opposes all forms of animal exploitation and educates the public on these issues. PETA does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.