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PETA Investigates Circus Abuse

Written by PETA

Posted 09-04-2013, 12:38 PM | 241 Comments

A nine-month-long investigation of circuses across India conducted by a team that included representatives from PETA India and Animal Rahat and was authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has revealed rampant and widespread abuse of elephants, horses, camels, dogs, birds and other animals used in circuses.

The investigation included inspections of the Amar Circus, the Gemini Circus, the Great Bombay Circus, the Great Champion Circus, the Great Golden Circus, the Jamuna Circus, the Jumbo Circus (Unit 1), the Jumbo Circus (Unit 2), the Kohinoor Circus, the Metro Circus, the Moonlight Circus, the Rajkamal Circus, the Rambo Circus, the SAM Circus, the Great Prabhath Circus and the Great Royal Circus.

The findings include documentation of rampant apparent violations of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; the Performing Animals Rules, 1973; and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, among other guidelines aimed to protect animals from abuse.

Of the inspected circuses, the Great Champion Circus was the only one featuring human-only shows. The findings at the 15 other circuses included the following issues:

1. Rampant use of weapons, including iron hooks with knife-like ends (ankuses), sticks with protruding nails, whips and clubs as well as animals with fresh bleeding wounds and injuries from the use of weapons

Camel hit with stick in Jumbo Circus.

 2. 

Ankushes and nail-tipped stick found in Rambo Circus.

3.

Elephant hit on the face in Great Prabhat Circus.

4.

Dog hit with stick in SAM Circus.

 
 5. 

Ankush used on elephant in Rajkamal Circus.

6. Animals who had died from inadequate care or who had simply gone “missing”

33-year-old Sadhana died in Jamuna Circus, which lacked a full-time veterinarian.

7. Drunken circus staff who were handling animals

Inebriated mahout at Rajkamal Circus. 

8. Nearly constant chaining and caging and other severe confinement of elephants, dogs, cats, birds such as emus and other animals

Elephant in spiked chain at Rambo Circus. 

 9. 

Dogs forced to live on iron mesh at Moonlight Circus. 

10.

Birds in tiny barren cages at Amar Circus. 

11. Elephants, camels, dogs and other animals who showed signs of severe psychological distress, including constant swaying, circling and even self-biting

This camel in Great Bombay Circus bites himself from frustration.

12. Use of elephants and other animals who were nearly blind or had severe eye problems in performances

This elephant is forced to perform in SAM Circus.  

13. Use of old animals in performances and of injured and diseased animals in performances

Limping dog with wound forced to perform in Rajkamal Circus. 

14. Birds’ wings were crudely cut with blades to prevent them from flying (Cutting birds’ wings can cause bleeding, pain, imbalance and depression in birds.)

This bird in Jamuna Circus cannot fly. 

 15. Inadequate food, water and shelter for animals

Rotten filthy bird food at Rajkamal Circus.

16.

No shelter from the heat at Jamuna Circus.

17. Frightened animals who were forced to perform dangerous acts, such as jumping through hoops of fire, in violation of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001 

Animal forced near fire in Jamuna Circus.

18. Use of animals not registered with the AWBI or made to perform acts not registered with the AWBI, in violation of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001

Elephants displayed at Jumbo Circus despite AWBI registration having been withdrawn.

19.

Unregistered goats at Moonlight Circus.

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Animals were commonly forced to perform unregistered acts like this one in Great Prabhat Circus.

21. The Rajkamal Circus illegally keeping an elephant tusk 

Tusk kept illegally found at Rajkamal Circus.

 22. Breeding of animals, with resulting offspring not registered with the AWBI 

Unregistered calf at Moonlight Circus.

  • An untrained underage child employed by a circus to shoe a horse (Ill-fitted shoes can cause permanent damage, pain and suffering to a horse.)
  • Evidence of falsification of documents declaring even pregnant and ill animals fit for transport

PETA is calling on the AWBI, the Central Zoo Authority and the Ministry of Environment and Forests to permit only circuses with willing human performers by immediately banning the use of all animals in circuses, following in the lead of Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece – countries which have already banned all animal acts from circuses. In the meantime, PETA is also urging state governments and union territories across India to ban the use of animals in their localities.

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  • Malvikak

    circuses run more in small towns where sources of entertainment are fewer.education and better jobs wld also make this a redundant occupation

  • Nancy Spilberg

    I feel helpless. I am sitting in my warm home typing a comment while animals are suffering. It needs to stop. Humans need to be punished for what they do. People have to stay away from circuses with animals. Damn. This is all so wrong.

  • Carrie Welch

    How about we have all of these monsters perform in the circus. Let’s give them the same exact treatment as they’ve given!!!

  • Julie Van Niekerk

    This planet is a sad place for all animals and humans are the main cause of this hell.

  • Julie Van Niekerk

    This planet is a sad place for all animals and humans are the main cause of this hell.

  • WAU

    THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable – monsters deserves monsterwork too. “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw MONSTERS SHOULD NEVER HAVE AN IDEAL POSITION !!! HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE ?? People need to vote unacting dumb authorities and officials acting irresponsibly for futuregenerations and their wildlife out of occupations NOW AND FOR ALL! DEMAND INITIATORS TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS ! DEFORMED MONSTERS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLE SHOULD REALLY KICK THE BUCKET AS SOON AS EVER POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS INFANTILISM AND UNHUMANE WORLDWIDE DISASTERS – WHO WILL MISS ALL OF THAT GREED INFANTILE DESTRUCTIVE MONSTERS ?

  • Maurene Schlosz

    It is tragic that the circus has been condoned for centuries. We are all aware just how cruel mankind can be. NO human has ever given birth to an animal. It stands to reason then that animals have been stolen from their natural habitat to be subjected to the most violent of abuse. How long is this cruelty going to be allowed to continue? While parents continue to frequent the circus due to their children, then there is no hope for animals. All people who love and respect animals MUST and HAVE to stand together to ensure the circus that has animal shows are CLOSED down. RUN them out of business and allow the animals to spend the remaining years of their lives in peace and tranquility. Jail the abusers for the length of time they held circus animals captive!

  • Maurene Schlosz

    It is tragic that the circus has been condoned for centuries. We are all aware just how cruel mankind can be. NO human has ever given birth to an animal. It stands to reason that animals have been stolen from their natural habitat then subjected to the most violent of abuse. How long is this cruelty going to be allowed to continue? While parents continue to frequent the circus due to their children, then there is no hope for animals. All people who love and respect animals MUST and HAVE to stand together to ensure the circus that has animal shows are CLOSED down. RUN them out of business and allow the animals to spend the remaining years of their lives in peace and tranquility. Jail the abusers for the length of time they held circus animals captive!

  • Kevin Lawlor

    India marching backwards from the 21st century.
    Ban use of animals in the circus, educate people that animals are not a commodity for making money. Treat animals as you would like to be treated!!
    Put a spiked chain around the circus owners leg and see how he likes it. !!

  • Kim Flores

    Keep animals out of the circus!!!!

  • Marjory Tierney

    So sad, but with signing all these petitions and more, we can stop this.
    We are only on this planet for a short time, we have to speak up!

  • .DR.SUJATA KULKARNI

    I am ashamed to see this cruelty happening in my country.Animals are helpless and they also feel the pain,they love you unconditionally when given love.They should be trained in adifferent way than hitting them or
    totally ban them from circus.

  • Alex Antonites

    Most shocking. Hope this will be followed up with strong action.

  • Shannon

    The things people do to animals just shows who they really are. It is disgusting. It is fascinating just to see an animal. You don’t have to use it for entertainment.

  • Stacey Boyd

    why do people treat animals as of they are just objects? Who gives them the right?

  • Donna Bridges

    Please stop these cruelties toward animals for human entertainment.

  • LINDA BADHAM

    I HAVE HAD ENOUGH LATELY OF THE EVIL VILE CRUELTY THAT IS HAPPENENING TO ANIMALS EVERYWHERE !! WHY ISN’T IT STOPPED ??????????????????? A DISGRACE !!

  • R Manek

    this is so sad to see thank you PETA for exposing this cruel behaviour towards animals in circuses in India.

  • Annie De Bondt

    I was disgusted when looking at the videos sent to me by Peta. Shocking, inhuman, unbelievably cruel. What kind of human would do this to an animal? The fear that I saw in the eyes of these animals is burnt in my mind. I can assure you of one thing… I will use my influence as a teacher to make my students & colleagues aware of this cruelty. Bear in mind that a consumer has a lot of power!!IMay I hope that your hearts will open and that you will become empathetic towards these feeling and intelligent beings.Shame on you India!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mimi

    Disgusting!!! But expected from this culture

  • Anna Louise E. Fontaine

    Investigation of circuses across India has revealed rampant and widespread abuse of elephants, horses, camels, dogs, birds and other animals used in circuses. Only circuses with willing human performers should be allowded and the use of all animals in circuses shouls immediately banned like in many other countries.

  • Lucia

    This is horrible. What people can do for money. Circuses should be banned all around the world.

  • Luciana. Fassio

    No more animals! Thank you!

  • LYRA

    These people lacks proper education and dont have the heart. This cruelty will also stop if we stop patronizing circuses. Circus can mean cruelty during the animals’ training.

  • Rita Schwarz

    Stop the abuse with animals

  • Pierre Chantelauze

    Cruelty:enough is enough.
    Time to regain a heart,Sirs.

  • Juana

    This people are insane, please stop hurting
    animals remember the karma.

  • Prashant

    This is inhuman and cruel .. circus should be banned of possessing animals and from being performed for public entertainment , animals are also living beings like humans and are not sources of entertainment ,, do we treat and abuse and fellow human being in the same way for our entertainment ..no rite then why do we abuse animals like this…this cruelty and inhuman activities must be banned right away

  • Irene Leggett

    And we are led to believe that the Indian people revere all animals, yea right, except when it suits them to be two-faced hypocrites that are as cruel, brutal and abusive as can be when exploiting animals for greed and profit. Shame on the mindless cretins that inflict this abuse and shame on the ignorant, indifferent masses that actually PAY to watch this blatant and wanton cruelty.

  • Irene Leggett

    And we are led to believe that the Indian people revere all animals, yea right, except when it suits them to be two-faced hypocrites that are as cruel, brutal and abusive as can be when exploiting animals for greed and profit. Shame on the mindless cretins that inflict this abuse and shame on the ignorant, indifferent masses that actually PAY to watch this blatant and wanton cruelty.

  • Ronse

    please stop all these stupid f g circuses and hopefully karma will come soon gor all these abusers.64

  • Marliese Backaert

    Urgently stop the suffering of all animals for people’s entertainment in circuses!!!

  • Margherita Remotti

    I am horrified by such cruelties. Some human being really seem to be heartless and ruthless. I’m thankful thou that some other members of the human race such as you people form PETA make me still believe in a better world. Thank you from the deep of my heart your huge action. MR

  • Margherita Remotti

    I am horrified by such cruelties. Some human being really seem to be heartless and ruthless. I’m thankful thou that some other members of the human race such as you people form PETA make me still believe in a better world. Thank you from the deep of my heart you huge action. MR

  • Claire

    Stop these sadistic humans Please !

  • Lynne Thrower

    Remove all animals from circuses and let them live their lives as nature intended. Stop the cruelty.

  • Kathryn

    ANIMALS OF ALL BREEDS ARE LIVING BREATHING CREATURES ….THEY LIKE HUMANS FEEL PAIN…SUFFER…ANIMALS ARE NOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT !!!! THESE CIRCUSES SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lidiana Rocha

    Absurdo!!!! Será que as pessoas não percebem a crueldade que esse pessoal pratica,e sem o menor remorso ?

  • Brenda Robinson

    Animals do not deserve this. Stop using them in circuses NOW! Stop the animal cruelty.

  • Martine

    Stop Cruelty, .
    NO more animal in circuses.

  • PopuLaguna

    Good job PETA! Circuses that use animals should have been banned long time ago! This is a huge step forward.

  • BEAR

    When I read about such deliberate prolonged cruelty , I hope that the belief in Karma is correct and will rebound to the last ghastly detail .

  • Richard Monteiro

    It’s for us people to avoid watching these circus acts. The more we watch these atrocious & inhumane clowns who ‘control’ innocent animals, the more are these clowns going to rub salt & carry on their ‘profession’. So friends, please, please avoid being a silent killer & avoid watching circuses from now on! It’s no use just putting forth your signature specially if our actions don’t count!

  • Richa Rai

    It is so sad that humans are treating innocent animals so badly for money.
    animals are like innocent babies and should be taken care like them. Lets STOP THIS.

  • Iris Sczendzina

    We all are responseble to do s.th. against this worse doings in the world!

  • Ocean

    Please keep Animals OUT of circuses. Thank you.

  • Santwana

    this is so painful :'(
    I cudnt stand to see the complete video or even 25%.
    As far as I know, Peta has the power to stop the nuisance, then why u guys r nt doing anythng………..this is so fucking sad. I am feeling like killing all the humans.

  • Isabella Ireland

    It seems wherever humans go they create hell. Thank you for your investigation, PETA.

  • Frances

    Humans have always been cruel and taking advantage of their position in the natural chain..i hope someday all this should come to an end with the help of kinder people and humans learn to respect the power not abuse it.Be kind to fellow beings!

  • Olivia Deb

    Please do something for these poor lives.
    They cant talk or express their pain, but we should understand their pain & fight for their freedom…
    Peta is doing a great job by showing these tortures to people around.
    But please take a stricked step to stop these.

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