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In past 1 month, police seize over 50 metallic bits used on horses: PETA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Over 50 sharp metallic bits that were used on horses to control them during wedding celebrations or recreational rides, have been seized by the Police during a campaign in the city, an animals rights group said today.

The (PETA) has been running an awareness campaign with the help of the Police to highlight the plight of horses, especially those which are used during celebrations, like weddings.

"With the help of police, 52 spiked bits were seized. These bits are used to control horses during weddings and rides despite being prohibited under Rule 8 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965," a told reporters.

As part of their awareness drive, the PETA seeks ending the use of

these sharp metallic bits, generally known as spiked bits. These are inserted in the mouth of a to control it during weddings or rides.

Out of the 52 spiked bits, 29 were seized from weddings in west Delhi's Moti Nagar. The seized bits have been displayed outside the

The horse-owners have been warned to replace spiked bits with plain ones. Even the plain ones could be uncomfortable for the horses, but they are not harmful, said Nikunj Sharma, the Associate (Policy) of the PETA

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, "No person shall, for the purpose of driving or riding an animal or causing it to draw any vehicle or for otherwise controlling it, use any spiked stick or bit, harness or yoke with spikes, knobs or -projections or any other sharp tackle or equipment which causes or is likely to cause bruises, swellings, abrasions or severe pain to the animal."

"These spiked bits rip horses' lips and tongues, causing them extreme pain, bloody wounds, immense psychological trauma and lifelong damage", PETA India's and equine expert said in a statement.

These spiked bits are easily available in Delhi's Chawri Bazar and Sadar Bazar area. They are also available on a The has written to the site's owner to remove the device from its list, the said.

On July 6, three sick horses that were being used in wedding celebrations were rescued from outer Delhi's Nangloi area.

As part of our campaign, many couples have uploaded a video message on PETA India's website, urging people to stop using horses during wedding celebrations and opt for other innovative ways, Sharma said.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:20 IST