For Immediate Release:
25 July 2012
Legendary Actor Joins PETA and Mumbai for Horses’ Call to Ban Dangerous Victorias From City’s Streets
Mumbai – On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and citizens’ group Mumbai for Horses, iconic Bollywood actor Zeenat Aman has fired off a letter to the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai calling for a total ban on cruel and dangerous horse-drawn carriages within the city. In her letter to Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Aman points out that the lives of both horses and humans are placed at risk by mixing antiquated horse-drawn carriages and heavy city traffic. Numerous injuries and deaths have resulted, including a 3-year-old child who was thrown from a carriage in 2010 and later died after the horse was startled by a passing car.
“Recently, while a vigil was being held in Mumbai for one beleaguered horse who had died, another horse forced to haul a carriage collapsed.” writes Aman. “How many more horses and people have to become injured or die before horse carriages are banned in Mumbai?”
Earlier this month and adding strength to the ongoing public interest litigation filed by the Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, PETA India’s intervention application along with that of People for Animals to ban horse-drawn carriages were accepted by the High Court of Bombay. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 26 July.
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. Most never see a veterinarian in their lifetimes.
Aman joins a growing number of celebrities – including Hema Mailini, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, and choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and his supermodel wife Jesse Randhawa – who have asked the government to ban horse-drawn carriages.
Zeenat Aman’s letter to Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.