Hurrah! No More Elephants to Be Enslaved by Indian Circuses
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Hurrah! No More Elephants to Be Enslaved by Indian Circuses

India bans use of elephants in circuses!Congratulations are in order for our friends over at PETA India today! After a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across the country revealed widespread cruelty, the Animal Welfare Board of India has just decided to end the registration of elephants for performances – effectively putting a stop to the suffering of circus elephants.

PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses documented rampant apparent violations of animal-welfare laws, including animals dying from inadequate care, mysteriously “going missing”, denied veterinary care for injuries and being handled by drunken staff members. Elephants – who roam over vast spaces in the wild and live in complex matriarchal societies – may be snatched from their homes for circuses and forced to spend their lives in chains, in fear of being hit and jabbed. Nail-studded sticks and ankuses (metal hooks with sharp, spear-like ends) are some of the weapons typically used to “train” elephants, causing pain, bruises and bloody wounds to the animals’ bodies.

Bollywood star John Abraham was one of many people who got behind the campaign to end this abuse. In a letter to the Indian government, he wrote, “Unlike human performers, animals are forced to entertain through the use of fear, pain or hunger”, and urged officials to make the compassionate choice. Shilpa Shetty, Vijender Singh and Wayne Parnell are just some of the other high-profile people who spoke out for elephants who were being forced to perform.

This news is a fantastic achievement, but PETA India won’t be resting on its laurels. PETA India is now waiting for AWBI’s decisions to be implemented as well as calling on authorities to take the next logical step forward by banning the use of all animals in circuses – because only willing human performers belong in the entertainment industry. Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece already have laws against using animals in circuses.

In England and Wales, compassionate people are looking forward to celebrating the imminent ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses. After concerted pressure from animal-protection groups, including many PETA supporters, the government has promised that the ban will come into force in 2015, sparing elephants, camels, zebras, raccoons and reindeer a life of misery, imprisonment, beatings and distressing performances.

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  1. avatar Daryl Michael says:

    Well done India, leading the way once again. Would like to see the 2015 ban to include ALL animals!

    • avatar Wowzers says:

      Today the elephants, tomorrow the humans who are paid to perform idiotic unnatural inhumane stunts against their will!

    • avatar Courtney says:

      @ Wowzers. Your comment is completely nonsensical; if we’re to believe that humans will be forced to perform in circuses against their will (has someone been sipping a little too much cough syrup?), then why bother suggesting that they’d even be paid for the tasks? You’re implying that humans will be treated like slaves due to a growing sense of empathy for non-human animals, but they’ll still get paid for the inconvenience. Oh kaaay…

    • Why 2015? Why not 2014? What will happen to these animals now? Will they all be retired to sanctuaries? I hope so. Also I thought that the UK had already banned wild animals in circuses. Now how about the USA? If India can bring about a ban so quickly, then the USA should too. Never mind about people’s jobs, let them look for jobs that doesn’t entail beating animals. Ban them from working with all animals.

    • avatar Wowzers says:

      @ Courtney: Just because certain people are paid to do dumb things doesn’t mean they do so willingly!

  2. avatar line gareau says:

    please react

  3. avatar Ty Jeffries says:

    Thank God; A step in the right direction x

  4. avatar devos says:

    les animaux n’on pas leur place dans un cirque

  5. avatar angus says:

    Lets inform other countries and try and get a worldwide ban if poss :’)

  6. avatar Peggy Lovick says:

    Please stop this international abuse of our wonderful elephants!

  7. avatar MARIA DEUTSCH says:


  8. avatar Clare says:

    Stop these acts of evil

  9. avatar Soumya Naidu says:

    Awesome job guys. This is why I donate to PETA.
    Next up are those temple elephants.

    • avatar Smita says:

      I agree. Such completely unnatural, isolated and loud surroundings for such intelligent, beautiful, kind beings.

  10. avatar lynn hall says:

    Thank you PETA and thank you India!!

  11. well done Peta we now have to get the rest of the World to follow

  12. avatar Lori chapman says:

    Congratulations India! Now you need to put an end to bear baiting (bears are chained to stumps and 3dogs are let loose to attack them. The bears have had their teeth and claws removed, and have no way of defending themselves!). This is horrific, painful and stressful to the bears, and needs to be stopped immediately!!

  13. avatar Rosanne says:

    So happy to see the Toronto Zoo elephants going to California, thanks to Bob Barker.
    And this is great news, though I wish it was effective immediately.

  14. Good news. Well done. Thank you very much on behalf of the elephants.


  15. avatar Natalie Ortega says:

    I am so happy to read this! God Bless elephants and all of India!

  16. avatar Cara says:

    Such good news! Well done for all your hard work!

  17. avatar Crystal says:

    Thank you Peta!!!

  18. avatar Jacqueline Staniland says:

    A heart-felt suggestion:

    Individual animal charities should use the trade union model, where they can still retain their different methods to try to achieve their target animal welfare issues, but at the same time co-operating collectively under one overarching umbrella animal organisation with member representation from the different animal charities. Pooling resources, such as petitions, to get the large-scale numbers to drive attitude change. Size counts when trying influence a move away from a human-centred to inter-species co-existence philosophy of existence. Set aside human relations differences within and between the many animal charities and pool resources to end cruelty to animals. Then individual supporters, like myself, don’t have make the hard choice, due to personal financial restraints, as to which animals charity/charities to support, but can happily participate in a collective effort to help all animals locally, nationally and internationally.

    • Good idea Jacqueline. Just like the Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) for raising money for the recent typhoon victims. Together we stand, divided we fall.

  19. avatar Bárbara Campos says:

    Hurrah indeed! What a struggle this was! Well done everyone! ;)

  20. avatar Elyne says:

    Il faut interdire les animaux dans les cirques au plus vite et partout dans le monde.
    Il est honteux de les traiter avec une telle cruauté !!!
    Les animaux sont faits pour vivre libres…

    Depuis longtemps déjà je ne veux plus aller dans un cirque à cause de la façon dont les animaux sont traités : battus, mal nourris, enfermés dans de petites cages, enchaînés, blessés et pas soignés…

    Il faut partager un maximum pour que le monde entier sache ce qu’il se passe et que plus personne n’aille voir de tels spectacles !!!

    Merci pour ce que vous faites et bon courage car il y a encore beaucoup de travail pour interdire complètement cela.

  21. Danke, ich Spende gerne dafür

  22. avatar Gisela says:

    Actúen en beneficio de los elegantes, basta de lastimarlos

  23. avatar Clare Mann says:

    It is almost inconceivable to imagine and pain the animal would be trying to avoid from a trainer by painfully balancing on one leg (which would be the preferable pain).

    We are seeing a lot of darkness around in the world in all areas of animal exploitation – however, whenever things seem darker, it is because light is being shone on them and we are seeing what has been going on.

    We are at a tipping point of change and like all conscious changes, there will be resistance. It is our job to stay the course, every day wake ourselves and others up to our consumer choices, opportunities to share the message that ‘animals are NOT ours to use – they are there to enjoy their own lives.

    Stay strong and together we are creating a voice for animals that will be heard above all the unconscious voices.

  24. […] India (AWBI) has banned the registration of elephants under the Performing Animals Rules. The ban effectively outlaws the use of elephants in circuses throughout the […]

  25. avatar carlos says:

    Ya era hora.

  26. avatar Rongveaux says:

    Very well done , Many Thanks to Peta for finally have success in stopping this horrible torture endured by wild animals employed in Circus.

  27. […] (AWBI) has banned the registration of elephants under the Performing Animals Rules. The ban effectively outlaws the use of elephants in circuses throughout the country. To say that elephants forced to perform in circuses have suffered […]

  28. avatar Eugenia Maria Cotrim says:

    Please, save the elephants. They are so inteligente and friendly.

  29. avatar Eugenia Maria Cotrim says:

    Please, save the elephants , they are so inteligente and friendly

  30. avatar Y.D. Jordan says:

    It should be done NOW! Why wait?

  31. avatar Patrizia Serru says:

    Leave Elephants in peace in their natural ambients!

  32. avatar V Jackson says:

    They are so socially advanced and intelligent please help the elephants .

  33. avatar gevers says:

    stop this horror right away

  34. avatar Louise Mayer says:

    Good work PETA and keep at these people as they need to be educated in the treatment of animals. They cannot speak for themselves and need people like you to speak up for them with some help from the donations – thank you to all these persons who donate to PETA in order to help them do this great work. God bless you all!

  35. avatar Netta de Beer says:

    So cruel !!!! What with wrong with these people, do they have no hearts! STOP a busing animals. Just as humans they have the right to live!!!!!

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