Chained ‘Elephant’ To Ask Amritsar Parents To Boycott Great Apollo Circus

For Immediate Release:
9 December 2013

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Grishma Myatra; [email protected]

PETA Wants to Gather Support for a Ban on Circuses That Use Animals

Amritsar – Accompanied by an activist in an elephant costume and shackles and holding a sign that reads, “Be an Elefriend: Say NO to Animal Circuses”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, People for Animals Amritsar and the Amritsar SPCA will protest outside the Great Apollo Circus on Tuesday. Their point? That elephants and other animals forced to perform in circuses are routinely abused and that the use of any animals in circuses should be banned:

When: Tuesday, 10 December, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside the main gate of the Great Apollo Circus, D-Block, Ranjeet Avenue Grounds, Amritsar

“Animals in circuses are routinely chained, beaten and denied everything that is natural and important to them – all for a lifetime of cheap tricks”, says PETA India campaigner Grishma Myatra. “PETA wants to remind parents that if their kids love animals, the last place that they should take them to is the Great Apollo Circus or any other circus that uses animals.”

PETA recently completed an extensive investigation of 16 circuses across India. It revealed that elephants and other animals are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Prods and ankuses, which are heavy rods with a sharp steel hook at one end, are routinely used to inflict pain on elephants and beat them into submission. Animals are forced to perform confusing, unnatural tricks not because they want to but out of fear of violent punishment. When they’re not being forced to perform, elephants are kept chained and can barely take a step in any direction.

Following PETA’s investigation, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, confirmed in meeting minutes that it has “decided to stop registration of elephants for performance under [the] Performing Animals Rules in view of huge cruelties and abuse suffered by them”. PETA is urging the AWBI to end the use of elephants in circuses quickly and is asking the Indian government to follow the lead of Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece and ban all animals from circuses. It has also urged the Punjab government to ban the use of animals in circuses in the state. PETA’s reports, photographs and video footage of its investigative findings will be available at the event.

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