Raigad cops to act against Alibaug horse owners for cruelty | Navi Mumbai News

NAVI MUMBAI: Raigad district police have started an inquiry into the issue of horses being forced to pull carts deep into the sea at Alibaug beach to ferry passengers to Kolaba Fort. On Friday, TOI had reported on the practice (Alibaug horses driven into the sea for joyride) after animal rights activists wrote to the district authorities urging stringent action.
Speaking to TOI, Raigad superintendent of police, Anil Paraskar, said, “We are in the process of identifying the horse-cart owners who take the animals into the sea so that we can lodge an FIR against them. I have instructed our personnel to ensure this dangerous practice is not repeated.”
The SP said during low tide, tourists can easily walk toward Kolaba Fort, which is about one km away from Alibaug beach. “However, during high tide, the fort becomes inaccessible and people have to use boats. But some horse-cart handlers have been illegally using animals to ferry passengers,” he added.
Raigad-based Roxanne Davur of the NGO Probably Paradise said, “We, along with Thane-SPCA’s Shakuntala Majumdar and activist Nilesh Bhanage of PAWS (Kalyan), have intimated Raigad officials about the exploitation of horses at Alibaug beach. This time around, I hope action is taken to put an end to such cruelty.”
Honorary district animal welfare officer, Mitesh Jain, said, “According to eyewitnesses at the beach recently, two horses were seen limping. Some local activists have contacted police to rescue these injured horses and take them to the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Parel.”
BSPCA secretary, Lt Colonel J C Khanna, said the horses were likely to have suffered hoof injuries due to constant exposure to saline water. “We will examine the horses once they are brought here.”

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