Mumbai: After TOI reported about Muslim spiritual leader Maulana Hazarat Moin Miya Ashraf’s move to oppose the use of bullocks in the Eid-e-Milad procession, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Wednesday decided to confer him a Hero to Animals Award.
“We commend Moin Miya’s stance on not using animals for processions—a position that is also on the right side of the law,” said Poorva Joshipura, PETA India CEO, and added, “Adherence to Moin Miya's advice will stop much unnecessary pain and suffering.”
Moin Miya had told TOI: “Some participants in the procession use bullock carts and we have reports that at times bullocks are not fed regularly and are made to pull heavy loudspeakers. The Prophet loved animals. But in the procession, the animals are made to work long hours and people barely pay attention to their food and water. This practice should be stopped. We will not allow use of animals in the procession.”
Around two lakh people participate in the procession in the city every year. It is scheduled on January 14 this year.
PETA said the other recipients of Hero to Animals Award include actor Imran Khan for stopping dog abuse on his film set; Zarine Khan for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukherjee for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin for saving a dog hit by a car; Sadaa Sayed for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful addition to families.
The Times of India, January 11, 2014