PETA Chained ‘Elephants’ Protest Circus Slavery Just Ahead of Abolition of Slavery Day

For Immediate Release:
29 November 2012

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Abhishek Mudaliar; [email protected]

Beating Animals Into Performing Tricks Must Stop, Says Group

Mumbai – Chained while wearing elephant masks and holding signs that read, “Abolish Slavery: Ban Animal Circuses”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will hold a spirited protest against the Great Royal Circus in Bandra West, Mumbai, on Friday. PETA’s point? That although International Day for the Abolition of Slavery will be celebrated on 2 December, elephants and other intelligent animals used in circuses are treated as slaves every day of their lives.

When: Friday, 30 November, 12 noon sharp
Where: Reclamation Grounds, opposite Lilavati Hospital, Bandra West

“Animals in circuses are routinely chained, beaten and denied their freedom and everything else that is natural and important to them – all for a lifetime of cheap tricks”, says PETA India campaigner Abhishek Mudaliar. “It’s high time that the government banned the archaic use of animals in circuses. We’re appealing to parents whose kids love animals to steer clear of circuses that use them.”

Animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons – including ankuses, which are heavy, steel-tipped rods – are often used to inflict pain on animals and beat them into submission. Animals perform confusing, unnatural tricks – such as riding bicycles, standing on their heads or jumping through rings of fire – not because they want to but out of fear of violent punishment.

The Indian government has already banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls in performances, and PETA is now calling on officials to follow the lead of Bolivia and Greece, which have banned the use of all animals in circuses.

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