For Immediate Release:
9 January 2014
PETA Will Urge Ministry of Environment and Forests to End Animal Abuse in Circuses
New Delhi – Accompanied by “bloodied animals” – an “elephant” in a wheelchair, an injured “dog” and a wounded “horse” on crutches – while holding signs reading, “MoEF: Ban Animal Circuses”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will urge the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to ban the use of animals in circuses.
When: Friday, 10 January, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi
“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’s Campaign Adviser Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “The use of animals in circuses has already been banned in Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece, and it’s high time for India to follow suit.”
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 and other animals are either caged or kept chained and can barely take a single step in any direction.
Following PETA’s investigation, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory body operating under the MoEF, 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 now urging the AWBI to implement this decision while calling on the MoEF to ban the use of all animals in circuses.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.