Written by Kriti-S
PETA India has written to Chief
Election Commissioner SY Quraishi asking him to allow us to put the covered Uttar Pradesh elephant statues to good use.
While the statues are covered, PETA India would like to put banners on them
that read, "Cover-Up by the Big Top: Elephants in the Circus Are Beaten
and Shackled". Here is a mock-up of
what the banner would look like on a covered elephant statue.
This high-profile "cover-up" would help
expose the cruelty to animals that circuses work hard to cover up. When they're not being forced to perform
meaningless tricks that are confusing to them, elephants used in circuses are
kept shackled. These majestic creatures are trained through beatings and the
fear of physical punishment. Circuses are no fun for other animals either.
Birds used in circuses often have their wings clipped, which prevents them from
engaging in their most important natural behaviour: flying. Horses are often
kept tethered with short ropes, and dogs are locked in cages.
PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva
Joshipura wrote, "The covering of
the statues and party symbols has caught the attention of people around the
globe. By allowing us to place these banners on the elephant statues, you would
help us encourage people worldwide to boycott circuses, thereby helping
countless animals whose pain goes unnoticed. Supporting
us in this good deed may also help to quiet those who have criticised the move
to cover the statues. It would be a win-win situation".
Would you like to see the elephant statues being used
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