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As inspections authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India have revealed, animals used in circuses throughout the country are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse, and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons are used to inflict pain on them and beat them into submission. Animals perform frightening, confusing 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 is often severely restricted. Dogs may be crammed into wire cages and rarely let out. Birds are often confined to small, filthy cages, and their wings may be crudely clipped so that they cannot fly. Horses are typically kept tethered on short ropes, and elephants are often shackled by their legs.
While Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, and Malta have outlawed the use of animals in circuses, the Indian government has so far banned only the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions, and bulls in performances. Let officials know that other species are suffering, too.
What You Can Do
Please add your voice to PETA India’s by joining us in a request for a ban on the use of animals in circuses.
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