For Immediate Release:
1 April 2013
Bollywood Bad Guy Teams Up With PETA in Advance of Next Bombay High Court Hearing
Mumbai – He might play the bad guy in most of his nearly three dozen movies, but Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal is a godsend in his newest starring role: teaming up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to stick up for horses forced to pull carriages through city streets. On PETA’s behalf, Rampal- who won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Joe Mascarenhas in his 2008 film Rock On!!- has sent a letter to Sitaram Kunte, municipal commissioner of Greater Mumbai, urging him to ban horse-drawn carriages from the city’s streets. The letter was sent just in advance of the next hearing of the Bombay High Court case in which PETA and other animal protection groups are calling for a ban on the cruel horse-drawn carriages.
“As a Mumbaiite and a person who cares deeply for animals, I am writing to add my voice to the campaign by my friends at PETA India for an immediate and permanent ban on horse-drawn carriage rides in the city”, writes Rampal. “The manner in which these magnificent animals are treated is a crime. I respectfully request that you enact an all-out city-wide ban on 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 are often kept in filthy, damp stables infested with biting insects, and some suffer from incurable lameness. Most never see a veterinarian in their lifetimes. Horse-drawn carriages are also dangerous – for horses and humans. Numerous injuries and deaths have resulted, including that of a 3-year-old child who died after being thrown from a carriage in 2010 after the horse was startled by a passing car.
Rampal joins a growing number of celebrities – including Hema Malini, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zeenat Aman and choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and his supermodel wife Jesse Randhawa – who have asked the government to ban horse-drawn carriages.
Rampal’s letter to the municipal commissioner of Greater Mumbai is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.