PETA India Wins Interim Custody of Horse Abused for Ceremonial Purposes in Mumbai


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Magistrate Court Directs That the Wounded, Exhausted Animal Be Moved to a Sanctuary

Mumbai – In court proceedings on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Andheri, issued an order awarding People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India interim custody of a mare rescued in a joint effort by Mumbai police and the group after apparently being abused for ceremonial purposes. The court, acting according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017, notified under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, was pleased to consider PETA India’s application seeking interim custody of the mare and dismissed the application for custody of the mare filed by the accused in the matter.

Photographs of the horse are available for download upon request.

“From protruding ribs to wounds from beatings, whippings, falls on hard pavement, and other causes, the horse’s ravaged body reveals the extent of the mistreatment,” says PETA India Lead Emergency Response Coordinator Deepak Chaudhary. “PETA India looks forward to seeing this mare receive proper care at a spacious sanctuary, where she’ll be able to engage in natural behaviour and won’t be forced to pull carts, give rides, or participate in loud ceremonial processions.”

The horse was seized by Mumbai police in December 2019 following a complaint from PETA India that the lame, malnourished, dehydrated animal with multiple infected wounds and impaired vision in her right eye was being tethered with short ropes in an illegal stable in Kapaswadi, Andheri West. A first information report was registered by DN Nagar Police Station against the accused person under sections 3 and 11(1) (f), (g), and (h) of the PCA Act, 1960, and the animal was taken to the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hospital (BSPCA) in Parel for necessary veterinary care.

A health examination report submitted by veterinarians with the Maharashtra Department of Animal Husbandry stated that, apart from the clinical conditions to be treated, the animal is unfit for any work. The BSPCA recently recommended to police that the horse be handed over to PETA India for expert care.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – in its awareness video asks brides- and grooms-to-be to pledge to ride in an antique car, on a motorcycle, or in some other cruelty-free vehicle.

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