As the latest inspections reveals, animals used in Indian circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons – including ankuses, which are heavy, sharp steel-tipped rods – are used to inflict pain on animals and beat them into submission. Animals perform frightening, unnatural tricks, such as jumping through rings of fire, not because they want to but out of fear of violent punishment.
Even when they aren’t performing, animals used in circuses endure a lifetime of misery. Their access to water, food and veterinary care has been found to be severely restricted. Dogs are crammed into wire cages and rarely let out, and birds are confined to tiny, filthy cages and have their wings crudely clipped so that they cannot fly. Horses are kept tethered on short ropes, and elephants are often kept shackled by three legs.
The government has already banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions in performances. PETA is now calling on the government to follow the lead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Bolivia and Greece by banning the use of all animals in circuses.
You Can Help
Please add your voice to PETA’s by asking Indian government officials to ban animals from being exhibited or forced to perform in circuses by signing the below given form