Environmental Organizations jointly issued Legal notice against the death of horses in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
By Adnan Tazvir
Tourists usually visit Cox’s Bazar on horseback to take a walk or take pictures on the beach for some fun.
Horses are lying neglected in the streets of Cox’s Bazar. Several large horses have also died. After receiving such news, three organizations working on the environment and livestock have issued a legal notice.
The three organizations are ‘Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA )’, ‘Earth Youth Environmental Society’ and ‘People for Animal Welfare Foundation, Bangladesh’.
Ibrahim Khalil Mamun, chief executive of the Youth Environment Society or YES, said, “We have given a legal notice and now we want a reply within five days.” Our legal notice contains a plea for an arrangement of endangered horses and a fair response to the number of horses that have died so far.
Mr. Mamun complained that the owners had failed to take care of the horses. Farida Yasmin, president of the Horse Owners’ Association, said caring for horses was not an easy task.
He added that according to the local horse owners’ association in Cox’s Bazar, 20 horses died in the COVID-19’s lockdown last year. This time, ten horses died.
Usually, tourists visiting Cox’s Bazar and ride their horses on the beach and take some pictures. But the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the tourism sector has had a profound effect on the horse business. In the end, many horses died because the horse’s owners could not able to meet the horses’ food due to the collapse of their business.
According to Farida Yasmin, they went to various doors for help. However, he did not get a proper response. However, recently, a private motor company has promised to take charge of 55 horses, he said.
Nevertheless, the exact cause of the horse’s death is not yet known. Horse owners say the horses are dying because they have not been able to feed the horses as its need.
The Cox’s Bazar administration has assured the organizations that have been given legal notice to form a three-member inquiry committee. The inquiry committee will look into the causes of the death of the horses.