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City organisation starts petition to ban horse-drawn carriages

A collective of non-profit organisations and animal activists across the city have come together to launch a signature campaign demanding a ban on Victoria buggies plying in the city.

mumbai Updated: Jun 11, 2012 01:38 IST
HT Correspondent

A collective of non-profit organisations and animal activists across the city have come together to launch a signature campaign demanding a ban on Victoria buggies plying in the city.

Called 'Mumbai for Horses', the group aims to collect signatures for a petition to ban the cruel treatment of horses that draw Victoria carriages and send it to the civic body, the commissioner of police and the chief minister.

Victoria carriages are licensed by the traffic police under the Bombay Public Conveyance Act, 1920.

More than 1,000 citizens have already signed a petition in support of the campaign.

"The horses used in the Victoria carriages are exploited and face health issues. We are getting prominent citizens, animal lovers and celebrities to sign the letter before we send it to top government authorities," said Hersh Welling, 21, a TYBMM student of Patkar College.

"We want to collect at least 10,000 signed petitions so that the campaign has an impact," he added.

The letter the campaign members intend to send to the chief ministers states that, the Victorias, or horse carriages, are a serious public nuisance in Mumbai's city limits and since they are no longer used as a form of public conveyance, the traffic police should cancel all such licenses.

Recently, a public interest litigation was filed by Animal and Bird Charities, a non-profit organisation, asking for a ban on Victoria carriages.

The Bombay high court asked the civic body to constitute a committee to survey all the stables in the city, which brought to light the pathetic condition of the stables.

"The horses are kept in a cramped space and most stables lack proper ventilation," said a committee member familiar with the situation.