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PETA India Works With Thane Rural Police To Stop Bullock Cart Race

Thursday, May 16, 2019
By A Staff Reporter

Quick Response From Police Prevents Abusive, Illegal Spectacle From Going Ahead

When People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India learned that a bullock cart race was scheduled to take place on May 14 in Ambarje village of Shahapur taluka in the Thane district, the group sprang into action and worked with the Thane Rural district Superintendent of Police to stop the illegal and cruel spectacle from going ahead. This is the third illegal bullock cart race PETA India and Thane police have stopped in Ambarje village, with the previous one in March and the other in April.

“The Supreme Court has made clear that bullock cart races are illegal, and there's no place in civilised society for beating bulls with sticks and breaking their tailbones to force them to run,” said PETA India Lead Emergency Response Coordinator, Meet Ashar.

“Bulls already have a hard life without the additional torment of being forced to race. We commend Thane rural police for enforcing the law and for showing that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way – notes that during races, bulls are often beaten mercilessly with wooden sticks that are spiked with nails in order to get them to run in the sweltering heat and that the painful twisting and biting of their tails is common. Such events are also a threat to public safety.

In October, in response to a Public Interest Litigation filed by Ajay Marathe, in which PETA India filed an intervention application, the Bombay High Court passed an order stating that it's bound by the observations and views of the 2014 Supreme Court judgment that banned bullock cart races across the country and stayed the operation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2017, which aims to allow bullock cart races in the state. The High Court pointed out that the Supreme Court has categorically stated that bulls are not anatomically suited to racing. In September 2017, PETA India filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking its direction to strike down the state law that aims to legalise bullock cart races, and the matter will be heard by a Constitutional Bench.

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