Rakhi Sawant Strips To Her Stripes In Sexy New Anti-Circus Ad For Peta

For Immediate Release:
19 October 2010

Sachin Bangera (0) 9820122561; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya (022) 4072 7382; [email protected]

Mumbai – Just in time for her new show Rakhi Ka Insaaf, Bigg Boss housemate and Zara Nachke Dikha dancing queen Rakhi Sawant has stripped down to tiger stripes for a new anti-circus ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. In the ad, Sawant wields a whip as two men cower before her, and the caption reads, “Beaten. Tortured. Scared. Exotic Animals Belong in the Wild, Not in the Circus”.

“Animals in circuses are beaten and denied everything that is important to them for their whole lifetime – all for a few cheap tricks”, says Sawant. “My plea to parents is that if your kids love animals, the last place you should take them is the circus.”

PETA and Sawant want people to know that animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. They are trained under the threat of beatings and whippings and are forced to perform under duress and the fear of punishment. Circuses give audiences a distorted view of animals, who do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads or jump through rings of fire. In contrast to the glittery images associated with circuses, the lives of animals in circuses are miserable. Whips, ankuses and other tools are often used to inflict pain on animals and force them to perform. Even the animals’ access to water, food and veterinary care is often severely restricted.

Animals in circuses are also kept in atrocious conditions. Dogs are crammed into dirty cages and rarely let out. Birds are confined to small cages and have their wings clipped so that they cannot fly. Horses are kept tethered on short ropes. Elephants are kept tied by three legs, and trainers regularly beat the animals into submission. Even though the government has banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions in performances, some of these animals continue to be illegally used in entertainment acts, including street performances.

Sawant was transformed into a “tiger” by bodypaint expert Al Alva, and the ad was shot by top photographer Colston Julian.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.