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Vijender Singh Knocks Out Cruelty

Written by PETA

Posted 10-19-2012, 06:12 PM | 9 Comments

Restrained in chains and holding a placard reading “Shackled, Beaten, Abused. Animal Don’t Belong in the Circus”, Olympic bronze medalist and acclaimed Indian boxer Vijender Singh posed for a new PETA India campaign. Singh – who is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in boxing and who also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sports honour – wants people to know that animals in circuses are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them and are regularly beaten, all for a lifetime of cheap tricks.

“Animals cherish their freedom every bit as much as we do, but circuses deny them their freedom and every other form of natural expression”, says Singh. “I’m asking people across India to help knock out cruelty by never attending a circus that uses animals.”

Animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons – including ankuses, which are heavy, sharp steel-tipped rods – are used to inflict pain on animals and beat them into submission. Even when they aren’t performing, animals in circuses suffer a lifetime of misery. Horses are kept tethered on short ropes, and elephants are kept chained.

The government has already banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, bulls and lions in performances. PETA India now calls on the government to follow the lead of Bolivia and Greece by banning the use of all animals in circuses. Join us urging the government to stop the use of animals in circuses.

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  • Davide Vacca

    STOP to use animal in circus!
    Animals are born to live free..

  • Neusa

    stop the use of animals in circuses.

  • Rina Manek

    Animals are not born to act and perform for mankind, they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Animals feel pain just like any living creature.

  • Jeannette

    Circus are barbaric and should be consigned to the history books where they belong.Animals made to perform under duress . this is not accepitable in this day and age.They are shunted from place to place often abused , and in general kept in fear. The goverment needs to address this issue and stop sitting on the fence.Those who abuse and misstreat animals need to be punished for all the crimes they commit.Animals can not speak for themselves so its up to us humans to do it for them.

  • Anthony Montapert

    Animals should never be in circuses.

  • Anne Grice

    Ban animals from all circuses. This is deplorable animal cruelty.

  • Bruce Littrell

    I hate circuses and other abusive envionments for animals. Like the horses in New York City. They all need to be free from humans!

  • Vicki Hood

    No animals in circuses. The cruelty for cheap tricks is disgusting. Do not support circus who have animal acts.

  • Muriel Servaege

    Congratulations to Vijender! Thank you! Not a single animal should be used in circuses!


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