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Maharashtra bans use of bullocks for pulling tankers

The Maharashtra government has banned the use of bullocks for pulling heavy kerosene tankers in Mumbai after a campaign by an animal rights group.

kolkata Updated: May 02, 2009 10:28 IST

The Maharashtra government has banned the use of bullocks for pulling heavy kerosene tankers in Mumbai after a campaign by an animal rights group.

"The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals took action after receiving reports of bullocks being forced to pull heavy kerosene carts in all weather extremes, in violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animal Rules," PETA said in a release here.

The rules, it said, prohibit the use of animals to pull vehicles when the temperature exceeds 37 C.
Following its intervention, the Maharashtra government imposed the ban on the use of bullocks for pulling heavy kerosene tankers.

PETA India Chief Functionary Anuradha Sawhney emphasised on the need to be extra vigilant during summer time as animals suffer from dehydration and heat exhaustion. "Stray dogs and cats and working animals need access to shade and water during the heat of the day."

PETA was also successful in its efforts to remove a billboard for the Thrissur Institute which featured a photo of a dead squirrel.

The animal rights body filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and pointed out that the advertisement might encourage people to harm squirrels, which are legally protected. "ASCI asked the Thrissur Institute to withdraw the ad," it said.