Written by Jeff Mackey
Next month, thousands
of bullocks, ponies, and horses in India will soon be forced to walk and run as
far as 150 miles, hauling carts full of families and goods to the annual Chinchali Fair. Along the way, some of them will collapse from exhaustion, injuries,
dehydration, and despair. Others will try to soldier on, enduring injuries from
the heavy yoke, increasing lameness, and the sting of the whip.
Rahat, an organization of veterinarians and relief workers funded by PETA, plans to set
up stations along the route to and from the four-day fair to bring some measure
of relief to animals in distress—and the group needs your help.
The attention that each animal will receive from Animal Rahat
may prove crucial. The veterinarians will bandage wounds, provide water and food,
adjust or replace harnesses and straps that are causing pain, demand rest for
those who are faltering, and give medical treatment to animals who would otherwise
lack the most basic care.
What You Can Do
Have you ever had someone offer help at a moment when you needed
it most? Making a gift to Animal
Rahat is the perfect way to pay it forward—and with the fair only weeks away, now's
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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