For Immediate Release:
13 May 2013
Use of Animals in Circuses Must Stop, Says Group
Pune – 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 Rambo Circus in Pune on Tuesday. PETA’s point? That elephants and other intelligent animals forced to perform in circuses are routinely abused and treated as slaves every day of their lives and that the use of all animals in circuses must be banned.
When: Tuesday, 14 May, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside the Rambo Circus, SSPMS Ground, near Hotel Le Meridien, next to RTO, Pune
“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 Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “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.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.