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PETA President Tied Up, Beaten, and Abused

Written by Michelle Kretzer | October 10, 2012

PETA is always saying that we wish people would put themselves in the place of animals. But if they won’t, we’ll do it for them. The founder of PETA and our affiliates worldwide, Ingrid E. Newkirk, let herself be hitched with a bit in her mouth to a horse-drawn carriage in order to help PETA India show Mumbai residents that they wouldn’t like it if the horseshoe were on the other foot.

Ingrid let traffic at a busy intersection watch her struggle to pull the carriage, called a “Victoria,” just as horses often do. But unlike horses, she didn’t have to worry that if the load proved to be too heavy, the cart driver would yank on the spiked bit in her sore mouth or whip her mercilessly to make her force a few strained steps out of her trembling legs. And what do the horses get for their effort? They are denied adequate food, water, and rest and are kept in filthy, damp stables infested with biting insects. Many never receive any veterinary care in their entire lives.

And horse-drawn carriages aren’t just dangerous for horses. Passengers and people standing nearby are often injured when horses collapse from exhaustion, get frightened and bolt, or collide with other vehicles.

A growing number of cities in India and around the world have banned horse-drawn carriages, and PETA India is working to make Mumbai the next. Stateside, you can join the campaign to get abused horses off New York City’s congested streets

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  • Para logos says:

    So should we just euthanize the horse? I mean most horses have been bred as domestic servants since 30,000 B.C (as seen in Paleolithic cave art). I mean the horse themselves, are of no use after it is banned to use them for labor. Also, what backings do you have to these claims that horse carriages cause a large excess of accidents? According to the daily beast there was only one noticeable accident in New York last year, and there were no casualties other then the horse. And what about the people whose lively hood is based of the horse carriage industry. The whole Tonga business could be wiped out if they were banned, leaving countless jobless. So not only is banning carriages in India bad for countless people but bad for the horses too. Unless I’m mistaken and I apparently do live in a utopian organism society, the horses will must likely be killed if the industry is banned as there is no further use for them. Finale thought, if the article was talking about protests against tanga ( an Indian/middle eastern horse carriage)and there curl treatment then why is there a link to protest carriages in new York? Or are we supposed to ban all horse use? I’m done, comment how you will, I’m not going to respond as I hypothisise I will only get hate or some idiot correcting my grammar.

  • Maru Vigo says:

    It had to be Ingrid! PETA certainly shows its concern and dedication for animals with ACTIONS and not with mere words. I am proud to be a loyal member and supporter!

  • AlaaniLovesDogs says:

    I have two horses, thinking that they could have forced to do this makes me shudder…

  • samantha says:

    Just doing what is right

  • Gina Powell says:

    One of your former residents Ghandi said “you can morally measure a society by the way it treats the animals,” and forcing them to work on India streets being denied basic care is inhumane, cruel, and morally reprehensive. Stop the abuse.

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