Written by PETA
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:
Camel hit with stick in Jumbo Circus.
Ankushes and nail-tipped stick found in Rambo Circus.
Elephant hit on the face in Great Prabhat Circus.
Dog hit with stick in SAM Circus.
Ankush used on elephant in Rajkamal Circus.
33-year-old Sadhana died in Jamuna Circus, which lacked a full-time veterinarian.
Inebriated mahout at Rajkamal Circus.
Elephant in spiked chain at Rambo Circus.
Dogs forced to live on iron mesh at Moonlight Circus.
Birds in tiny barren cages at Amar Circus.
This camel in Great Bombay Circus bites himself from frustration.
This elephant is forced to perform in SAM Circus.
Limping dog with wound forced to perform in Rajkamal Circus.
This bird in Jamuna Circus cannot fly.
Rotten filthy bird food at Rajkamal Circus.
No shelter from the heat at Jamuna Circus.
Animal forced near fire in Jamuna Circus.
Elephants displayed at Jumbo Circus despite AWBI registration having been withdrawn.
Unregistered goats at Moonlight Circus.
Animals were commonly forced to perform unregistered acts like this one in Great Prabhat Circus.
Tusk kept illegally found at Rajkamal Circus.
Unregistered calf at Moonlight Circus.
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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