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Hallowed home for horses after a life under ‘trial’

Guess what is common between the Mounted Battalion of Gujarat Police and cricketer Yusuf Pathan? Both would get horses...

Written by Hitarthpandya | Vadodara |
April 14, 2009 4:42:54 am

Cricketer Yusuf Pathan’s home and mounted cops’ battalion next destination of 11 horses used for drug trial by pharma company

Guess what is common between the Mounted Battalion of Gujarat Police and cricketer Yusuf Pathan? Both would get horses,which were earlier subjected to drug trials and are now seeking better home for rehabilitation.

As many as 11 horses from the Dholka Manufacturing Unit of Cadila Pharmaceutical Company are looking for people for the rehabilitation of horses. While initially it was decided to send four horses to the Surat Mounted Battalion,two to the Vadodara Mounted Battalion and as many to the cricketer,now the Surat police would not be given any horses.

The horses were used for drug trials of rabies vaccine. As per the guidelines of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experimentation on Animals (CPCSEA),which comes under the Ministry of Environment and Forest,the animals subjected to drug trials are supposed to be rehabilitated afterwards,following specific rules and regulations.

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“There are 11 horses,which are going to be handed over to different people,including police and individuals as per the CPCSEA guidelines. The horses are in good health and they will be handed over to the respective parties along with the complete health details given by the company,” said Snehal Bhavsar,CPCSEA’s government nominee.

Bhavsar said since the horses were large in number,it was crucial to find the best home for them. “The first thing came to my mind was the mounted battalion. We had asked the Vadodara and Surat police about it,but there was a delay from the Surat police. Eventually,we decided to handover six horses to the Vadodara police. Two horses would be given to Pathan,which he will be keeping at his farmhouse,and the remaining would be given to the trustees of the Gujarat Society of Prevention of Cruelty against Animal.”

Interestingly,it will be for the first time that the Mounted Battalion of the Gujarat Police will actually adopt horses. “It is a good opportunity for us,as we have less horses against the requirement. We had five horses and now with six more,we will have the full strength. The officials at the mounted battalion have been asked to get all the details about the breed and health card of the horses as part of the procedure,” said Vadodara Deputy Police Commissioner (Administration) P K Roshan.

Dr Paresh Dadhania,in-charge of the horses at Cadila’s unit,said,“As part of the research on rabies vaccine,we had brought the horses. The horses are in good health and all the related details will be handed over to the CPSEA nominee.”

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