Victory: No More Animals at NSUI Rallies

For Immediate Release:
9 June 2015

Nikunj Sharma; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

PETA Appeal Over Cruel Horse-Drawn Cart Stunt Prompts Student Wing of Indian National Congress to Issue Compassionate Circular

Delhi – Following a meeting with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the president of the student wing of the Indian National Congress, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), has issued a circular to all its units in India directing them to “refrain from using any animals as part of any NSUI rally, protest or any other purpose.” PETA India met with the group’s president to discuss the issue after an NSUI protest in Jammu led about 25 people to board a horse-drawn cart together, causing the horse to collapse. Union members also fell on top of the horse, crushing the animal. A copy of the NSUI circular is available upon request.

“PETA and the National Students’ Union of India agree that using animals in rallies and protests is archaic and cruel”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “Student groups and political parties must stick to eye-catching and creative protests that don’t subject animals to frightening, frenetic crowds.”

As PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – pointed out to the NSUI following a PETA appeal, the Election Commission of India issued a directive in 2012 to all political parties asking them to refrain from using animals for political campaigns. Animals used in political campaigns are forced into the middle of screaming crowds, which they find terrifying. They are also often forced to carry loads in excess of their physical capacities, denied adequate food and water and seriously injured in the mayhem.

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