Mumbai Police Seize Two Wounded, Malnourished Horses

For Immediate Release:

23 May 2018


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After PETA India Complaint, Police File FIR and Transport Equines to BMC Shelter for Veterinary Care

Mumbai – After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India received a tip that two horses thought to have been used for joy rides were tied up without shade, food, or water opposite Tulsiani Chambers in Nariman Point, Mumbai, the group swung into action. After receiving PETA India’s complaint, the Mumbai police arrived at the scene and seized the horses, who were found to be malnourished and very thin – with visible ribs and backbones – and injured, with multiple large wounds, including a huge infected wound on one horse’s wither and left knee. The Cuffe Parade police filed a First Information Report against the horses’ custodians under Sections 3 and 11(1)(a), (f), and (h) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Both animals were transported to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) cattle pound in Malad for an immediate medical examination and veterinary care.

Photos of the horses are available upon request.

“Keeping horses in Mumbai is illegal, and using them for joy rides is cruel, yet sick, malnourished, injured horses are still forced to live in filthy, unlicensed stables and aren’t provided with basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA India is working with the police and BMC to get neglected horses the care they need, and we’re calling on authorities to implement Maharashtra’s rehabilitation plan for horse-drawn carriage owners and drivers immediately.”

In June 2015, the High Court of Bombay ruled that housing horses in stables not licensed by BMC and using horse-drawn carriages, or Victorias, in Mumbai for so-called “joy rides” is “completely illegal”. In July 2017, the High Court accepted the rehabilitation plan submitted by the Maharashtra government for horse-drawn carriage owners and drivers, allowing horses to be removed from Mumbai roads and drivers to receive a payment and/or a vendor licence, thus ensuring their livelihood. PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – sent a letter earlier this month urging Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Shri DK Jain to implement this plan immediately by ensuring that the BMC receives the necessary funds, as approved by the state government. A copy of the group’s letter to the Chief Secretary is available upon request.

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