‘Elephant’ in Front of Giant Clock to Proclaim, ‘Time to End the Use of Animals in Circuses’

For Immediate Release:

12 June 2019


Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]


PETA India and FIAPO Will Urge the Public to Support a Ban on Forcing Animals to Perform Tricks in Circuses

New Delhi – Led by a costumed “elephant” in chains, a group of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) supporters will gather in front of a gigantic clock that will proclaim, “Ban Animal Circuses Now!”

When:             Thursday, 13 June, 11 am sharp

Where:           Jantar Mantar, Connaught Place, Sansad Marg, New Delhi

“Elephants, horses, and other animals are chained, caged, and beaten into performing circus tricks,” says PETA India Campaigns Coordinator Ayushi Sharma. “PETA India is calling on our country to set a compassionate example for others around the world to follow by banning the use of animals in circuses now.”

PETA India and FIAPO are calling on the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries to pass the draft Performing Animals (Registration) (Amendment) Rules, 2018 – framed under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and notified on 28 November 2018 – which propose adding a “prohibition on exhibiting and training of animals for specified performances”, stating that “[n]o animals shall be used for any performances or exhibition at any circus or mobile entertainment facility”.

PETA India’s other efforts to end the use of animals in circuses include working with government regulatory bodies such as the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), engaging in litigation, organising demonstrations and social media campaigns, eliciting help from celebrities, and holding street-theatre performances. Since 2015, because of the efforts of PETA India, FIAPO, and other animal protection groups as well as the action taken by the CZA and the AWBI, more than 200 animals – including 21 captive elephants and many horses, camels, dogs, and birds – have been rescued and rehabilitated with the help of the police and forest departments and taken to sanctuaries, including those supported by PETA India. Moreover, during the same period, PETA India worked in close coordination with the AWBI, district law-enforcement authorities, and other animal protection organisations to rescue and rehabilitate 76 animals from seven illegal circuses not registered with the AWBI. The rescued animals include 14 horses, four camels, 42 dogs, nine exotic birds, four goats, and three emus.

In 2013, a nine-month government-authorised inspection of 16 circuses across India – as well as other inspections by expert teams between 2013 and 2016 – revealed rampant and widespread abuse of elephants, horses, camels, dogs, birds, and other animals used in circuses. Handlers beat elephants with ankuses (weapons with a sharp metal hook on one end); drunken circus staff members roughly handled animals; circuses kept elephants, dogs, cats, birds, and other animals continuously chained or caged; animals exhibited signs of severe psychological distress, including constant swaying and self-mutilation; and animals were deprived of veterinary care, adequate food, sufficient water, and safe and clean shelter.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist view of the world. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.