PETA Founder Tied to Victoria Will Protest Cruelty to Horses

For Immediate Release:
9 October 2012

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

Group Aims to Show That Archaic Victorias Have No Place in Mumbai

Mumbai – Hitched like a horse to a victoria, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and PETA affiliates worldwide Ingrid E Newkirk will demonstrate the cruelty of forcing horses to pull heavy victorias in a tableau where she will appear to be pulling a carriage herself during her visit to Mumbai from PETA US’ office in Washington, DC. She’ll also hold a sign that reads, “Horses Worked to Death – Ban Victorias”. Newkirk’s point? That horses who are forced to pull heavy loads commonly have spiked bits put into their mouths and are subject to whipping, dehydration and malnutrition and that the carriages endanger horses, passengers and passers-by:

When: Wednesday, 10 October, 2 pm sharp
Where: Service lane outside the Police Gymkhanna ground, next to Police Gymkhanna, Marine Drive, Mumbai

“Horses, like people, are made of blood, flesh and bone and suffer when they are whipped and made to haul heavy loads that their malnourished bodies can hardly bear”, says Newkirk. “The only way to ensure that these gentle animals don’t suffer and that the safety of residents and tourists isn’t placed at risk is to ban horse-drawn carriages.”

Recently, a horse used to pull a carriage skidded at Gateway of India and seriously injured two passengers. In September 2011, another horse collapsed from exhaustion and was unable to stand for 20 minutes. Horses used to pull carriages are frequently denied adequate rest, food and water and are kept in filthy, damp stables infested with biting insects. Many never see a veterinarian in their lifetimes. A growing number of cities worldwide – including Delhi – have banned horse-drawn carriages.

PETA’s campaign has garnered high-profile support from such notables as Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and his supermodel wife, Jesse Randhawa.

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