India to Stop Elephant Use by Circuses

Following a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across India that was conducted by a team that included representatives from PETA India and Animal Rahat and was authorised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) – a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests – the AWBI has confirmed in the just-released meeting minutes of the 39th general meeting of the AWBI held in Chennai that the board has “decided to stop registration of elephants for performance under [the] Performing Animals Rules in view of huge cruelties and abuse suffered by them”.

Elephant Baby
The notes further indicate the AWBI’s support for a ban on the use of all animals in circuses and state that the board “decided to stop immediate performance of all the injured and aged animals in the circuses mentioned in [PETA India's] report and seize them after making arrangement for rehabilitation” and that legal notices will be served to circuses “for using sick, injured and unregistered animals in their circuses as Performing Animals”. The AWBI also stated that Animal Rahat and PETA India’s findings will be forwarded to the Central Zoo Authority for further action.

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  • Vaishali jain

    Stop cruelity …..be human

  • Dorothy Beechers

    This is such great news, te proof of the elephants sufering has always been apparant, but for money and profit nothing was ever done.
    The Circus Solei in Hollywood, have got it correct, a Circus with only performing human acts.
    The Circuses just need humans only, and people love to go knowing there are no abused animals in sight.
    The Circuses in India need to be educated, with how they can update the Circus with

  • Dorothy Beechers

    This is such great news, te proof of the elephants sufering has always been apparant, but for money and profit nothing was ever done.
    The Circus Solei in Hollywood, have got it correct, a Circus with only performing human acts.
    The Circuses just need humans only, and people love to go knowing there are no abused animals in sight.
    Education is the key, and what people require as entertainment in modern society, lets hope the American Government now stop Circuses in America because all they do is haul abused elephants around, and they are supposed to be a developed part of the world.

    The Circuses in India need to be educated, with how they can update the Circus with

  • Muriel Servaege

    PETA has finally made circusses in India stop using elephants and I am absolutely thrilled with that piece of news. However, you have a new challenge in front of you: make sure circusses don’t use elephants again when you’re not there.