PETA files notice against oil cos for abusing bullocks

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Mumbai, Mar 13 (UNI) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (PETA) has filed a notice against two oil companies whose dealers have been observed using bullocks to pull heavy kerosene tankers through the streets of Mumbai in apparent violation of federal and state laws.

Transporters of the two oil companies have permanently stationed the bullocks on the main street opposite the Sewri railway station in Mumbai in all weather extremes without shelter, the notice has alleged. When the animals aren't pulling the tankers, they are tethered amid heaps of dung and urine-soaked muck and are not receiving adequate food and water, the notice further alleged.

The notice said although the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animal Rules prohibits bullocks from pulling any vehicle in temperatures exceeding 37 degrees Celsius, the animals have been observed working in stifflingly hot temperatures. Besides, the Maharashtra Keeping and Movement of Cattle in Urban Areas (Control) Act, 1976, prohibits keeping cattle, including bulls, within the urban areas of Maharashtra (excluding cows used for milk), the notice has said.

Because the animals are stationed on pavement and forced to live in their own filth, the oil companies could also violating this act for posing a threat to human health and denying pedestrians unfettered access to walkways, the notice added.

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