For Immediate Release:
23 September 2011
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Crowded Delhi Streets Pose Hazard to Horses and Humans, Says Group: New Plan an ‘Accident That Doesn’t Have to Happen’
Delhi – Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent an urgent letter to KS Mehra, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), urging him to stop the city’s current plan to allow horse-drawn carriages to operate as tourist attractions in Delhi despite the MCD’s 2009 ban on horse tongas in the city. In the letter – which comes just days after the 9 September incident in Mumbai in which a horse pulling a carriage collapsed from exhaustion and was unable to stand for 20 minutes – PETA points out that the horse-drawn carriage trade is universally acknowledged as cruel to animals and also poses a danger to the public.
“Forcing horses to pull open carriages through congested traffic is not only a throwback to an unenlightened time but also an accident waiting to happen”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “We urge the Municipal Corporation to follow its own legal directive to phase out carriages in Delhi completely.”
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. They tend to be kept in filthy, damp stables infested with biting insects. Outdoors, they are left to stand without any shade. Most never see a veterinarian in their lifetimes. Regulations pertaining to animals forced to work are almost never enforced.
A growing number of cities worldwide – including Toronto, London, Paris and Beijing – have banned horse-drawn carriages.
PETA’s letter to KS Mehra, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.org.