VICTORY: Animals Rescued From Grand Circus

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Following an inspection of Grand Circus, which was initiated by PETA India and conducted by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)–authorised inspectors from Animal Rahat (an animal-protection organisation focused on veterinary intervention and supported by PETA India) and from PAWS Thrissur, on 1 and 2 May, circus management agreed to relinquish 18 animals to the AWBI immediately for rehabilitation and to become an animal-free, human-only circus.

Seven horses and 10 dogs from Grand Circus have been moved to People for Animals Thiruvananthapuram. A female camel will be moved to the sanctuary run by Animal Rahat in Sangli, Maharashtra, where she will meet her new companion, Waheed, a rescued male camel.

Rescued horses

Rescued horses

PETA India are funding the animals’ treatment, care and maintenance. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations also supported the rescue effort. Grand Circus is currently camped in Thrissur, Kerala but travels around India.

Among other abuse, the inspection of Grand Circus revealed the following cruelty:

  1. Dogs housed in cramped, filthy cages.
Dog in filthy cage

Dog in filthy cage

Dogs cramped in cages

Dogs cramped in cages

Dogs in filthy and rusted cages

Dogs in filthy and rusted cages

  1. A camel who is suffering from mange but is forced to perform
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Camel with mange

3. Lame, partially blind and wounded horses

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1. Horse suffering from Albino is skinny (ribs visible) 2. Horse is blind from left eye 3. Horse is unable to bear weight on both forelimbs due to laminitis.

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