Uttarakhand BJP legislator Ganesh Joshi, who brutally thrashed and injured a police horse, is a “danger to society” and he must be sacked both from the legislature and the party, prominent global animal rights group PETA said on Tuesday.
“He must be disqualified from his post because any person who beat up a horse is not far from doing the same with people and is a danger to society. The party must not retain him,” PETA chief executive Poorva Joshipura said.
In a bizarre display of cruelty, Joshi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Mussoorie, attacked and severely injured Shaktimaan, a white horse with Uttarakhand Police, during a protest against the Harish Rawat government in Dehradun on Monday.
The horse was left bleeding and the vets attending it said its leg will have to be amputated. The severe attack led to widespread public outrage.
The PETA chief urged Uttarakhand Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal to “immediately expel Joshi from the Vidhan Sabha on the grounds of extreme and criminal misconduct”.
“To ensure the maximum safety of animals, a strict action needs to be taken,” Poorva said.
She also urged BJP president Amit Shah to expel Joshi from the party. “This is a party which is supposed to stand for everyone, including animals. How can it tolerate the bleeding of a horse?”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is expected to demonstrate respect for the country’s animal protection laws and basic decency of publicly condemning his party colleague,” the PETA official said.
“We are calling upon police to make sure he is punished to the maximum extent of the law,” Poorva said.