In an effort to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of Mumbai, NGO People for Animals (PFA) plans to present ‘strong’ evidence and use experts to prove that horses are ill-treated by the Victoria owners on August 22 when the Bombay High Court’s next hearing on the PIL on the issue takes place.
PFA, who filed the PIL, are concerned by the ill treatment meted out to the horses by their owners and the physical harm caused by the constant running on hard surfaces.
Ambika Hiranandani, a PFA member said, “We have acquired various notes from veterinarians that explain the various problems horses face. However, a note from a veterinarian would not make a strong case in court, hence, Maneka Gandhi, one of the co-founders of PFA requested National Research Centre on Equines (NRCE), has conducted a study on issue. The results of this study were published which has provided us with strong proof regarding these problems. Since NRCE is India’s leading research center on horses, their study will make our case stronger.”
The findings of the study also made a list of various diseases faced by horses, which included rain rot, hoof abscess, bruised sole, and white line disease among others. A veterinarian, Dr. Vaibhav Zunjare, has put together a list of common diseases faced by horses and presented the same to PFA. This list explained the diseases, its causes and days of rest that the horses needed in order to recover from the diseases.
Dr. Zunjare said, “The horses that pull carriages in the city face severe problems due to the hard roads and due to rains. Many of them require at least a month of rest based on the problems they are suffering. The horses are not even treated properly in their stables and hence there injuries get worse.”