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Almost a month ahead of the wedding season, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has started alerting the public to the cruel practice of using painful spiked bits to control horses at weddings and urging couples to forgo making the animals suffer during their special day.
PETA has erected billboards in Lucknow, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.
The Lucknow billboard is located at Hazratganj Main Crossing.
Recently, actor and comedian Raju Srivastava had starred in a video, highlighting the suffering of horses used for weddings and other ceremonies.
Earlier, PETA India slammed Priyanka, Nick for using animals at weddings. They called out the couple for using elephants and horses at their weddings procession
PETA India Senior Campaign Coordinator, Radhika Suryavanshi, said, "Spiked bits are torture devices that can injure and traumatise horses for life. PETA India is asking couples to have a heart for horses and leave them out of their wedding day plans."
Rule 8 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965, prohibits the use of spiked bits -- yet PETA India inspections have found these torture devices embedded deep in animals' mouths, ripping their lips and tongues and causing extreme pain, bloody wounds, immense psychological trauma, and lifelong damage.
As public awareness towards the cruelty of spiked bits grows, numerous wedding parties are now opting for horse-free baraat options, from simply walking to arriving in fancy cars and even dropping in by helicopter.
Siyaram Gurjar said that his wife, Rama, had a dream of travelling with him in a helicopter to their "sweet home" and hence he hired a chopper, which cost him a whopping Rs700,000.
The "Eastern Coast Wedding" was supported by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and held at Khorfakkan Amphitheatre, while taking preventive health measures, in line with the authorities’ COVID precautions.
A spokesperson of Bilawal House said that the Nikkah of Bakhtawar with Chaudhry will be held on Jan.29 while the Barat is scheduled for Jan.30. The Bilawal House also said that close to 1,000 guests have been invited to the wedding. T
The 90-year-old former IRTS officer and his 85-year-old wife took the helicopter from Kerala to Bengaluru, which is 394km by road. They flew to Bengaluru on Saturday and returned in the same chartered helicopter on Monday.
The elderly couple paid Rs90,000 per hour for their chartered helicopter flight.
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