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
Written by PETA
Every year, thousands of people from all over the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka travel to the village of Chinchali to attend the annual fair celebrating the goddess Mayakka Devi. Entire families pile into carts pulled by bullocks, horses, and donkeys for what can be a two-day trip across hundreds of miles. The animals often suffer from dehydration, wounds, and lameness, and some even collapse from the strain.
Animal Rahat, a working-animal relief program supported by PETA, has provided aid and emergency veterinary care to the animals in years past, but this year, under the direction of Dr. Manilal Valliyate, it went a step further and chartered buses to transport villagers to the fair in order to give the hardworking animals a long-overdue rest.
To help animals along the route to the fair, Animal Rahat deployed four relief teams, including a full-time veterinary team at the busiest rest station, a veterinary team at the fair itself, an on-call emergency veterinarian for the entire route, and an education team that discussed proper animal care with animal guardians.
Animal Rahat's veterinarians estimate that they treated hundreds of bullocks and horses for dehydration and injuries—but by providing bus transport, hundreds more animals were spared from having to make the grueling trip at all.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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