PETA India Wins Interim Custody of Nine Horses Used For Illegal Rides in Mumbai

For Immediate Release:

12 April 2019


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Magistrate’s Court Directs That the Wounded, Exhausted Animals Be Moved to a Sanctuary

Mumbai – In court proceedings yesterday, the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, Esplanade, issued an order awarding People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India interim custody of nine horses who were rescued in a joint effort by police and the group after apparently being abused for illegal rides. 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 Act, 1960, was pleased to approve PETA India’s application seeking interim custody of the horses. Advocate Seoula Vas appeared and argued the matter for the group.

PETA India’s intervention application included details of the use of illegal spiked bits, which are used to lacerate horses’ mouths in order to control them. It also stated these horses were being used to give “joyrides”, in clear defiance of the June 2015 High Court of Bombay order banning this practice. They were also whipped and beaten with a “chabuk” to make them run. Now that PETA India has obtained interim custody of the animals, it will secure housing for them at a sanctuary, where they can receive veterinary care and live with other rescued horses.

“From protruding ribs to wounds from beatings, whippings, falls on hard pavement, and more, these horses’ ravaged bodies reveal the extent of their mistreatment,” says PETA India Lead Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA India looks forward to seeing the horses receive proper care at a spacious sanctuary, where they can do as horses like to do and won’t be forced to pull carts or give rides.”

Mumbai police found that the horses had been used to pull carriages, or Victorias, for “joyrides”, which the High Court of Bombay ruled in June 2015 to be “completely illegal”.

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