For Immediate Release:
17 June 2015
Animal-Welfare Board Responds to Findings of Illegal Use of Animals for Performances
Mumbai – Following a complaint filed against the New Rambo Circus – which was recently camped in Mulund (West), Mumbai – by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the circus surrendered the two horses and three dogs in its possession to be cared for by the non-government organizations Animal Rahat and the Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA). The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO), People for Animals and Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) also helped establish the circus’ offense and facilitate the rescue effort.
New Rambo also signed an affidavit promising never to use animals again with the intervention of police and the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). The investigation by PETA India revealed that the animals were being forced to perform without the required permission from the AWBI in violation of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001. This prompted the AWBI to write to the Mumbai Suburban District collector urging action.
The investigation also documented that the horses were being tethered without food, water or adequate shelter and the dogs were being forced to jump through rings and perform other unnatural tricks.
“While the animals held by the New Rambo Circus can begin to heal in safety at last, other circuses all too often condemn animals to chronic confinement and deprivation of all that is natural and important when they force them to perform for human amusement”, says PETA India Chief Executive Officer Poorva Joshipura. “PETA India urges families to stay far away from any facility that uses animals for entertainment.”
TSPCA President Shakuntala Majumdar says, “We are gradually getting the animals out of their performance routine at the shelter. Years of forced training has conditioned them to believe that all humans are stick wielding brutes who derive enjoyment from their unnatural tricks”.
RAWW founder President Pawan Sharma says, “Circuses encourage illegal trade in animals which we routinely encounter in Mumbai. We want the government to put an end to this menace”.
And Prashanth V, campaign manager at FIAPO, says, “We are extremely glad that grassroots and national organizations could work collectively to secure freedom for all abused animals at New Rambo circus. Nationwide support for animal free circuses is growing by the day and we would like to thank the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar, who has backed the move for animal free circuses.”
A nine-month AWBI-authorised inspection of 16 circuses by PETA India – which was conducted from November 2012 to July 2013 – found, among other cruelty, the rampant use of torture devices; animals who had died from inadequate care or who had simply “gone missing”; drunken circus staff who handled the animals; nearly constant chaining, caging and other severe confinement of elephants, dogs, cats, birds and other animals; animals who showed signs of severe psychological distress, including constant swaying, circling and even self-mutilation, and the use of elephants and other animals who were nearly blind or had other severe eye problems.
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