Children Join ‘Elephant’ to Ask Government to Ban Animal Circuses in Lead-Up to Ganesh Chaturthi

For Immediate Release:
17 September 2012

Chani Singh; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Parents and Kids Call for Ban on Elephant-Abusing Circuses

Delhi – Holding signs that read, “MoEF: Ban Animals in the Circus” and “I’m an Elefriend – Don’t Go to the Circus”, and led by a person in an elephant costume and shackles, children will join members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India at the India Gate lawns on Tuesday, the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, to urge the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to protect elephants by banning circuses that use – and abuse – animals.

When: Tuesday, 18 September, 4 pm sharp
Where: The lawn at India Gate, New Delhi

“Every day, elephants in India are chained, shackled and beaten in order to force them to perform tricks in circuses”, says PETA India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “PETA India hopes our government will see the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi as the perfect time to make the wise choice to ban these abusive circuses completely.”

In the country, 24 circuses house a total of 84 elephants. Although a government committee recently found that the elephant Padma at the Amar Circus had been treated cruelly, action against the lawbreakers was not taken. Animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other tools – including ankuses, which are heavy steel-tipped rods – are often used to beat elephants and other animals into submission and force them to perform confusing, unnatural tricks such as riding bicycles, standing on their heads or jumping through rings of fire out of fear of punishment. When they’re not being forced to perform, dogs are crammed into dirty cages, birds are confined to small cages and have their wings clipped, horses are kept tethered on short ropes and elephants are kept chained by their legs.

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