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My allure towards animals continues in this piece. The main intent of this piece is to make the viewer understand the cruelty behind horse breeding in India. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India (PETA), have revealed widespread suffering and neglect of thousands of horses who are used to produce antitoxins.
Horse installation (2019)
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India's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, requires persons who are responsible for animals to take reasonable measures to ensure their well-being and to prevent suffering. Despite this, facilities that weren’t officially registered as breeders were found owning pregnant mares and sickly horses. The horses were typically kept in crowded spaces and often tied with ropes that severely limited their movement. A number of animals in these facilities suffered from health problems and were fearful and anxious. Commonly found physical problems included bleeding and infected wounds, diseased hooves, malnourishment, swollen limbs, lameness and eye abnormalities such as blindness. Improper tools were used for grooming and basic husbandry procedures such as dental care and hoof trimming were ignored. Many animals were found with marks indicating they had endured painful branding and painfully large needles were used to extract blood faster.