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CZA, AWBI Issue ‘Show Cause’ Notices to Circuses

Written by PETA

Posted 03-12-2014, 08:11 PM | 28 Comments

Two government bodies – the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – have issued “show cause” notices to circus owners following a nine-month investigation of 16 circuses across India conducted by a team that included representatives from PETA India and Animal Rahat and that was authorised by the AWBI, a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). In its “show cause” notice, the CZA stated that it is considering withdrawing the recognition of circuses as a “captive animal facility”, making it illegal for them to keep wild animals.

PETA India’s investigation of circuses was conducted from November 2012 to July 2013, and the findings included rampant use of weapons; animals who had died from inadequate care or who had simply “gone missing”; drunken circus staff who were handling animals; nearly constant chaining and caging and other severe confinement of elephants, dogs, cats, birds and other animals; animals who showed signs of severe psychological distress, including constant swaying, circling and even self-mutilation; the use of elephants and other animals who were nearly blind or had severe eye problems and other cruelty.

In the official minutes of its 39th general meeting, the AWBI confirmed, “In view of the [PETA India] report, the Board decided to stop immediate performance of all the injured and aged animals in the circuses mentioned in the report and seize them after making arrangement for rehabilitation with some of the AWOs [animal welfare organisations] and Zoos”. The notes further stated, “The Board decided to stop registration of elephants for performance under Performing Animals Rules in view of huge cruelties and abuse suffered by them”. In addition, the notes indicate support for a ban on the use of animals in circuses.

PETA India is now calling on the MoEF to ban the use of animals in circuses as Cyprus, Bolivia, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina have already done. PETA India is also calling on the AWBI to implement the decisions that it made during this general meeting, which was held in August.

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  • Anja Hollaschke

    Animals have the right to live free in Wildlife not in circuses.

  • Elham

    stope

  • Dora Hardegger

    No animals acts in circuses. I will never go to the circus if they include animal acts.

  • LISA TRENDALL

    Again ,India has such a disgusting attitude when it comes to your method of treatment you allow people to abuse so many beautiful animals ! Your mentality is shocking and must change for the better. STOP USING AND ABUSING ALL ANIMALS ,NO MORE ANIMALS TOO BE HELD IN CAPTIVITY OR MADE TO WORK FOR ANY FINANCIAL GAINS AT THEIR LACK OF NEGLECT,ABUSE AND HARM !

  • this is SO CRUEL ! Stop poaching these beautiful animals !

  • Ariane Smit-ghirardi

    stop using animals in circus and do not let children think that it is fun,because it is most of the time torture to make money,only money.

  • ANIMALS HAVE TO BE BANNED FROM CIRCUSES, IT IS CRUEL & INHUMANE TO MAKE ANIMALS PERFORM IN CIRCUSES & THE CRUEL INHUMANE TREATMENT OF THESE ANIMALS BY THESE CRUEL PEOPLE HAS TO BE STOPPED & THESE PEOPLE PROCICUTED IN THE COURTS FOR CRUELTY, IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR THIS CRUEL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS ANYMORE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, PLEASE BAN ALL CIRCUSES FROM USING ANIMALS & SEND THESE ANIMALS TO A REFUGE TO LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES IN PEACE.

  • Anne

    People do not need circuses. People want to see animals in their natural state living as they should. The AWBI has made great progress, but needs to go further and ban the use of all animals in circuses as they have in New Zealand and other places. People still go to the circus and the animals. once so cruelly treated, live their lives as they should. we are responsible for their suffering, we must stop it now.

  • STOP TORTURING THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES FOR HUMAN
    E N T E R T A I N M E N T !

  • NAT KING

    sickening humans

  • Mary Anne Gardner

    Please stop the use of elephants for entertaiment!!!

  • Fabio Nicolazzo

    Free them!!!!!!!

  • Laura Menighetti

    Let them free immediately!!!!

  • Claudia Lifton-Schwerner

    This cruelty is unacceptable.

  • Alina Jones

    Horrible & evil to mistreat animals with those living & cruel treatment! We must act on their behalf since they cannot say anything of the horrors they suffer!!!

  • Helga Kukasch

    elephants have hearts that beat, brains that think, they feel abuse and torture as PAIN like us humans do.. elephants have families and are close with them as humans are. Why do humans think they are entitled to abuse, torture and disrespect these animals? MONEY AND GREED AND LACK OF RESPECT. wish the tables were turned and these elephants had control of humans and abused them so they can feel the injustice and pain and neglect they have endured under the hands of asshole stupid greedy humans.

  • Irmgard Martino

    Please no more animals in circuses

  • Kimiko Yamamoto

    Stop!!!

  • Martine Vaffier

    Stop that!!!!

  • Diane Easey

    I regularly protest at Mc Larens circus in Cape Town, I cannot bear the thought, plus we have NO RIGHT to use animals for our entertainment!!!!!!!

  • Bakerdmw

    No animals acts in circuses. I will never go to the circus if they include animal acts.

  • Brand

    stop !!

  • Lilaine Boand

    Stop it NOW!!!!

  • Kim D

    When will someone really take responsibility for the lives entrusted to them?

  • hello

  • Matilde

    stop!

  • D. Vermeal

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarthak Mishra

    In my opinion, use of animals should be completely prohibited in circus. Also snake charmers and monkey capturers shiuld be busted on regular basis.

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