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Zeenat Aman’s letter to BMC

On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, iconic Bollywood actor Zeenat Aman has fired off a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Municipal Commissioner, Sitaram Kunte, 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 having antiquated horse-drawn carriages operate in the midst of heavy city traffic. Numerous injuries and deaths have resulted. In 2010, for instance, a 3-year-old child was thrown from a carriage when a horse was startled by a passing car. The child later died.

Zeenat Aman’s letter to Municipal Commissioner

Dear Mr Kunte,

Recently, while a vigil was being held in Mumbai for one beleaguered horse who had died, another horse forced to haul a carriage collapsed. How many more horses and people have to become injured or die before horse carriages are banned in Mumbai?

I am writing to add my voice to the campaign by my friends at People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) and citizens’ group Mumbai for Horses calling for a ban on cruel horse-drawn carriages. Both tourists and locals are saddened and appalled by the plight of these horses. These gentle animals are often malnourished, injured and ill yet are forced to haul carriage loads heavier than their bone-thin bodies can bear.

In addition, horses and cars don’t mix. Horses and people have both been injured and even killed in carriage accidents. In May 2010, a speeding vehicle passed a horse carriage, which caused the horse to jump, throwing the driver and a 3-year-old child. The child died as a result of the accident. In November of that same year, a horse pulling nine riders on a Victoria collapsed at Gateway of India.

Mumbai has so much to offer, but the pathetic spectacle of horse abuse is the first thing that many tourists see, and it taints their impression of our great city.

Please won’t you put horse carriages out to pasture by banning them? Please reply to me via PETA India’s Sachin Bangera.

Yours sincerely,

Zeenat Aman

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