PETA India released a video on YouTube that showcases the plight of horses that are being used at wedding functions Image: YOUTUBE
Weddings in India are known for extravagant budgets and lavish functions, and one of the most common rituals at an Indian wedding is to take the groom on a horse's back to meet the bride. While the groom rides the horse, guests are expected to dance in front of the animal and move with the wedding party.
But not everything about this ritual is cruelty-free because no one rarely thinks about the misery of the heavily decorated horse that's forced to tolerate loud music and brutal conditions while the couple gets married.
In a shocking video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India on YouTube, one can see the plight of horses that are being used at wedding functions and it will make you feel really sorry about the way these animals are treated by the caretakers. Recently, with the help of the Delhi police, PETA conducted an enforcement drive in Delhi and seized four bone-thin, malnourished and injured horses used for weddings and other ceremonies in the city.
The organisation also carried out demonstrations to stop the illegal use of spiked (or "thorn") bits, which are used to control horses used for weddings and rides. Despite being prohibited under Rule 8 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965, PETA discovered that the animals used for such events are frequently found to be sick and injured, and were forced to give rides by the owners.
The short film shows the filthy conditions in which the horses are forced to live. They are also denied adequate food, water, and veterinary care which leads to exhaustion or dehydration, especially when they’re given no shelter from the extreme heat. The video released by PETA also features young couples, who ditched the horse riding ritual at the wedding and opted for an antique car to protest against the age-old ceremony.
Watch the entire video below and if you agree with this initiative, then do your bit to stop the horses from being abused at weddings.