Animal rights campaigners are up in arms against the recent conduct of an unauthorised horse ride in Ernakulam district of Kerala, despite alerts from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).
The illegal horse ride was held at Kakkor area of Ernakulam on February 26, violating various provisions of the Performing Animals Registration Rule 2011, Thrissur-based Animal Heritage Taskforce, an animal rights group, said.
"Though AWBI had issued notices to the District Collector and Muvattuppuzha Revenue Divisional Officer to take urgent measures to stop the event, both of them remained idle without issuing any official magisterial order to stop such cruelty to horses," Taskforce said in a release today.
This type of 'dereliction of duty' of the Collector and RDO was a violation of Supreme Court order which in clear terms had banned Jallikettu (Taming of bull sport) in June 2014, it said.
"The horse ride conducted at Kakkoor was actually a high degree of cruelty to the animal," Taskforce Secretary VK Venkitachalam said.
He also said that the horse had suffered serious injuries and must be provided proper veterinary care without further delay.