Peacock Chariots To Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages?

For Immediate Release:

13 June 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]

PETA Shares Humane Tourist Draw Alternative to Horse Carriages With Commissioner, MCGM

Mumbai – Yesterday, in a meeting with Sitaram Kunte, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, officials from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India introduced an illustration of a peacock chariot (copy attached) as one solution which could potentially replace cruel and dangerous horse-drawn carriages. The group claimed that the vehicle could be eco-friendly and owned and driven by the existing horse-carriage owners and drivers. This proposal comes in the wake of Bombay High Court’s interim orders to MCGM to confiscate horses kept illegally. Mr Kunte has agreed to look into the proposals made by the group.

Horses in Mumbai are forced to live in filthy, damp stables amidst their own faeces and urine and are often left to stand without any shade, which is a clear violation of Section 394 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888. Many of the drivers don’t have a valid license to ply horse carriages, as per Section 11 of the Bombay Public Land Conveyance Act, 1920.

“Forcing horses to pull carriages through congested traffic on stiflingly hot streets is not only cruel but also dangerous – for the horses, carriage occupants and passers-by”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “PETA thanks Mr Kunte and the MCGM for their commitment to review our request calling for humane and safe alternatives to horse-drawn carriages.”Over the years, there have been numerous accidents in which both horses and humans have been seriously injured or even killed because of horse-drawn carriages. Horses used to pull carriages are forced to haul passengers in sweltering heat and extreme cold and are frequently denied adequate rest, food and water. Most never see a veterinarian in their lifetime. A growing number of cities worldwide – including Delhi, Toronto, London, Oxford, Paris and Beijing – have banned horse-drawn carriages and adopted humane alternatives.

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