Help Mumbai Ban Cruel Horse-Drawn Carriages
The Mumbai traffic
police have passed strict
scheduling limitations for Victoria rides and banned them
altogether in Colaba and some other parts of the city, but the horses still
need your help.
Mumbai's horses are forced to haul passengers in blistering heat and
pouring rain and are frequently denied adequate rest, food and water. They are typically
housed in filthy, unlicensed and decrepit stables – when they are provided with
any shelter at all. Even if they are injured or ill, they are still forced to
work. Most never see a veterinarian their entire lives. Many horses have
collapsed in the middle of traffic.
involving horse-drawn carriages have caused numerous injuries—some fatal,
including the death of a 3-year-old child who was thrown from a carriage in
2010 after a passing car startled the horse.
You Can Help Stop This
In spite of the new traffic police ban
and timing restrictions, horses are being made to ply in banned locations and
during banned hours illegally. If you spot horses being made to haul carriages
in violation of this
Mumbai police directive, file an FIR with the police and share a copy
with PETA. Police
are required to take your complaint.
Please also urge authorities to enforce the existing
timing restrictions and bans, to shut down the unlicensed stables and to stop
issuing licenses to drivers. Express your support for a complete ban on horse-drawn
carriages in the city.