Inspections by the Animal Welfare Board of India have revealed that animals used in Indian circuses 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 are crudely clipped so that they can’t fly, and horses are typically kept tethered on short ropes.
Although Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, and Malta have outlawed the use of all animals in circuses, the Indian government has so far prohibited the use of only certain species - bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions, and bulls in performances.
What You Can Do
Sign the appeal below in favour of prohibiting the use of animals in Indian circuses.
The compiled signatures will be delivered to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.