Locked in cages stacked on top of one another and holding signs that read, “Try to Relate to Their Fate – Ban Animal Circuses”, employees of The Body Shop joined PETA in protest against the use of animals in circuses in Mumbai. The action marked World Animal Day (4 October) and came in the wake of PETA’s nine-month investigation of 16 circuses across India that revealed rampant abuse of elephants, horses, camels, dogs, birds and other animals.
“The Body Shop has always refused to test products on animals. When we learned from PETA that animals in circuses are chained, beaten and denied everything that’s natural and important to them – all for a lifetime of cheap tricks – we knew we had to act”, says The Body Shop’s Prakash Kamat. “It’s time that the government banned the archaic use of animals in circuses, and parents should know that if their kids love animals, the last place they should take them to is the circus. The Body Shop has inculcated its values in us, and we’re proud to support PETA in this life-saving initiative under our employees’ volunteering programme, Aashe.”
Now, PETA and The Body Shop employees are calling on the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to follow the lead of Bolivia, Greece, Cyprus and Bosnia and Herzegovina by enacting a ban on the use of animals in circuses and allowing only willing human performers. Following a review of PETA’s report, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – a statutory board under the MoEF – reportedly supports PETA’s call to ban the use of animals in circuses. PETA is also calling on state governments not to allow circuses to use animals in their states.
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