Written by PETA
How would you feel if you were chained, abused and kept away from your loved ones? Unimaginable, isn't it? That's what elephants experience in circuses. They're forced to perform by being jabbed with iron hooks, whipped, and beaten, and when not performing, they're kept in chains. PETA has teamed up with MTV Act for our "Elephants Never Forget" campaign – visit our MTV Act page to urge the government to ban the use of elephants and other animals in circuses.
Animals in circuses perform confusing, unnatural tricks – such as riding bicycles, standing on their heads or jumping through rings of fire – not because they want to but out of fear of punishment. They are also subjected to chronic confinement.
The Indian government has already banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls in performances, but no other animals should be forced to suffer in circuses either. Bolivia, Paraguay, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina have banned the use of all animals in circuses. It's time for India to follow suit.
Here's what you can do to help end the suffering of animals used in circuses:
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The cast and crew of Farah Khan's Joker, directed by Shirish Kunder and starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Chitrangda Singh, have joined PETA to encourage filmgoers to ponder this question and participate in our campaign to urge the government to ban cosmetic testing on animals. Chitrangda posed on behalf of PETA and Joker with the aliens from the film for the campaign. The ad is shot by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar, make up and hair styling by Mehak Oberoi and digital imaging by Prashish More. See what she has to say about why animals should not be used for testing cosmetics.
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of PETA India, Jism 2 writer Mahesh
Bhatt; director Pooja Bhatt; lyric writer, music producer and background score
composer Munish Makhija; co-producer Dino Morea; actors Sunny Leone and
Arunoday Singh; and music director Arko Pravo Mukerjee have fired off an urgent
letter to Prithviraj Chavan, the chief minister of Maharashtra, urging him to
immediately ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai.
In the letter,the Jism 2 team points out
that the horses are forced to haul heavy loads and are driven beyond their
capacity to the point of collapse. The team also explains that passengers,
drivers and pedestrians are injured and sometimes killed when the carriages and
horses are involved in accidents.
horses to haul carriages in Mumbai is inherently cruel, as the horses routinely
collapse from exhaustion", reads the letter. "They're also a traffic
nuisance, and people have even died from accidents caused by horse-drawn
carriages. It is high time to put horse carriages out to pasture – for good."
also explains that the Bombay High Court's order to have non-governmental
organisations bring ill and injured horses to the executive health officer's
notice and that the horses be given veterinary care before being pressed back
into service is woefully inadequate. That's because the horses will be forced
to resume pulling heavy loads, only to fall ill or get injured again, and the
cycle of suffering will continue. However, recently, it's been shown that
despite this order, inspections are not even being permitted. A team consisting
of equine veterinarians from PETA India and Animal Rahat were harassed and
stopped from conducting inspections of the horses used to haul carriages in
Mumbai by the horse-carriage owners and drivers and their lawyer, despite
holding written authorisation from the Animal Welfare Board of India, a
statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to conduct the
help urge the authorities to ban horse-drawn carriages by taking action now.
PETA has sent a letter to the heads of ISKON
temples throughout India in advance of Janmashtami celebrations urging them to
request Krishna devotees to use plant-based, vegan items instead of commercial
dairy products this Janmashtami.
In her letters,
PETA nutritionist and campaign coordinator Bhuvaneshwari Gupta explained that
gone are the days when cows were raised gently on people's land. She described how
cows nowadays are kept chained to cramped, filthy stalls; artificially and
crudely impregnated using filthy instruments that cause the animals pain; and
commonly injected with Oxytocin, a banned drug, resulting in severe pain for
the cows, similar to labour pains. She further explains that mother cows and
buffaloes have their calves torn away from them shortly after birth and that
male calves are killed. The mother cows and buffaloes are killed eventually,
Gupta, "We know that Krishna
devotees would never knowingly choose to support cruelty to cows and would be
shocked and saddened to learn how cows on today's dairy farms are abused. Your
words carry enormous weight in your community. We implore you to use your
influence so as to spare millions of living beings pain and suffering by urging
devotees and other festival organisers to celebrate Janmashtami using only cruelty-free
dairy alternatives such as soya milk, coconut milk or other such items".
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On behalf of PETA
India, previous Bigg Boss guest and
former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson
sent an urgent letter to Mr Vinay Kore, a member of the legislative assembly of
Maharashtra state and a leader of Jan Surajya Shakti
Party, calling on him to use his influence and good heart to ensure that
the physically abused 13-year-old elephant, named Sunder, who has been kept in
chains at Jyotiba Temple, is immediately taken to a sanctuary.
"He is the age of one of my sons, and as
sensitive as anyone's child. Like other victims of abuse, he will be
scarred for life mentally, as he already is physically", writes Anderson, who notes that elephants are
precious creatures of God and that it is a crime against heaven that he has
been treated in this manner. "From
the bottom of my heart, I appeal to you to see that Sunder is taken to a safe
place where he can be helped to overcome his long and miserable ordeal and
allowed to one day be part of a new family."
Anderson's plea follows PETA's discovery that Sunder
was being abused by his mahout (or
handler). The elephant has suffered a severe injury to his right eye through
the mahout's use of an ankus (a sharp iron hook-like weapon), is confined to
chains with sharp spikes and is kept in a dark shed,
where he cannot take even a single step in any direction. Sunder is denied
adequate food and water and also walks, which are crucial for his mental and
physical well-being. In addition, there are lesions all over his body,
indicating past cruel treatments by the mahout. The elephant was donated to the
temple by Mr Vinay Kore.
A scandal continues to grow over the way that
elephants used in temples are typically kept. They are routinely chained and
rarely receive enough food or water, and most of them never see a veterinarian,
even when they are injured or ill. Elephants at temples also show signs of
severe psychological distress, such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving –
behaviour that is not found in healthy elephants in the wild.
Join PETA India in calling for Sunder to be released.
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