Chained ‘Elephant’ To Ask Mysore Parents To Boycott Jumbo Circus

For Immediate Release:
21 October 2013

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

PETA Aims to Gather Support for Ban on Circuses That Use Animals

Mysore – Accompanied by an activist wearing an elephant costume in 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 will protest outside the Jumbo Circus in Mysore on Tuesday. PETA’s 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, 22 October, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside the main gate of the Jumbo Circus, near Regency Theatre, Najarabad, Mysore 570 010

“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 Jumbo 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 the 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.

PETA 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 Karnataka 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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