Indian circuses still torturing elephants, says PETA

petaPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, famously known as PETA has raised its voice against the torture being subjected in the Indian circuses.

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) had ban on the registration of elephants for performing in such shows.

“AWBI, a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, decided to ban the registration following reports of rampant use of weapons, including iron hooks and sticks with protruding nails to make the elephants perform. Though, legal show-cause notices were issued to the defaulter circuses then, it’s been an year but neither have the elephants being subjected to torture in these circuses sent to rehabilitation centres nor have they been deregistered for performances”, said Poorva Joshipura, CEO, PETA India.

PETA along with another NGO Animal Rahat had conducted a nine-month-long research in circuses across the country. The research was authorized by AWBI and it has decided to ban registration of elephants for performance in view of the cruelties and abuse suffered by them.

We are in process of deregistering the elephants. We had issued show cause notices to all the defaulters but only one of the circuses has responded to the notice so far. Meanwhile, a re-inspection was conducted through an independent agency to be extremely sure and the rehabilitation process will begin soon, “AWBI’s Chairman R M Kharb said.

Medaram Jathara

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