With several horses collapsing due to unethical treatment, veteran actress Zeenat Aman has posted a letter to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation requesting them to make the city free from horse drawn carriages.
Zeenat’s letter, addressed to the BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte, read “Mumbai has so much to offer, but the pathetic spectacle of horse abuse is the first thing that many tourists see, and it taints their impression of our great city.”
The yesteryear actress who recently joined the cause, wrote “Both tourists and locals are saddened and appalled by the plight of these horses. These gentle animals are often malnourished, injured and ill yet are forced to haul carriage loads heavier than their bone-thin bodies can bear.”
Zeenat Aman has joined the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to fight for the cause and enforce a ban on horse carriages.
A number of celebrities including Hema Malini, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, choreographer Sandip Soparrkar and his supermodel wife Jesse Randhawa are supporting the cause. They have requested the government to replace horse-drawn carriages with horseless and environment friendly alternative.