Punish Politician for Allegedly Breaking Police Horse’s Leg


Target: Harish Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister

Goal: Issue the highest penalty to politician accused of attacking police horse and causing its leg to require amputation.

A police horse was left with a fractured leg that later had to be amputated when a politician attacked it during a protest rally. A video clip reportedly shows Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ganesh Joshi striking the horse with a stick before the animal collapses on the ground. Unfortunately, the incident occurred in India, a country known for its loose penalties for animal cruelty. That means the people involved in this senseless violence may only receive a small fine or three months in jail, or both.

These minuscule penalties are unacceptable and it almost makes it seem as if the lives of animals like Shaktiman the horse are disposable. India has ignored calls to make appropriate changes to their animal cruelty laws and reports say less than two percent of people are ever actually convicted for animal cruelty. The alleged attacker also faces charges for obstructing police duty, but that doesn’t change the fact that he may not be brought to justice for his cruel attack on the horse. Demand that this man be given the maximum penalty for the brutal attack that maimed the horse.


Dear Mr. Rawat,

A police horse was reportedly attacked by a politician who intentionally caused the poor animal to collapse on the ground, fracturing its leg. In order to save the horse’s life, the leg had to be amputated. This is a deplorable act of cruelty against an innocent animal and it’s a shame that better animal cruelty laws were not put in place to prevent such violence from occurring.

India has been urged to implement stricter animal cruelty laws and they’ve refused to act. Now an innocent police horse is suffering thanks to the lack of responsibility and care for animals. We demand that this be changed immediately and that the people involved be given the most severe penalties possible.


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  1. Gillian Miller says:

    I don’t understand the petition. If a horse breaks a leg it is put down as they will not survive being supported during the time it takes for the leg to heal. Even valuable race horses are euthanised.

  2. Shelli Schmidt says:

    Look what this maggot did to this horse

    (March 19-2016) “A local court of Dehradun today denied bail to MLA Ganesh Joshi for allegedly assaulting police horse ‘Shaktiman’ during a BJP protest on Monday. Joshi was produced in the court of judicial magistrate Arkam Ali. Prior to this, his plea was also struck down by a lower court.The court also heard the bail petition of BJP leader Pramod Bora who was arrested in Haldwani on the same charges. Upon completion of hearing, the court rejected the pleas.Joshi is currently lodged at Shuddhowala jail here. UNI XC SB 2255′

  3. gay Johnson says:

    I have never heard of a horse surviving an amputation…I have always thought a leg injury was a death sentence..and speaking of sentences, the moron who did this deserves a stiff one. Police dogs and horses should be considered officers and assaulting them should be the same as assaulting a human officer.

  4. Wendy Deighton says:

    Disgusting behaviour from a human being

  5. Solomente del valle says:

    I thought a broken leg is a immediate death sentence. How did the horse survive? The horse cannot just lay down all the time. How is this horse surviving if it can’t stand up?

  6. What a lousy and shameless scum. Surely India does not need another evil and unstable politician like him to tarnish its country’s infamy for animal cruelty even further.
    Please do the right thing India, convict this jerk, send him to jail and remove him from office permanently.

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