The Animal Welfare Board of India decided to stop registering elephants for performing in circuses in view of the cruelties and abuse subjected to the animals, PETA India officials said on Friday.
The decision follows People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and the Animal Rahat submitting a report exposing the cruelties suffered by the elephants in circuses across India.
"The findings from our extensive investigation reveal that cruelty to animals is inherent in the circus business. It is high time for a ban on the use of all animals in the Indian circuses. Any delay will mean continued abuse of dogs, horses, camels, goats, birds and other animals," said Manilal Valliyate, director of veterinary affairs, PETA India.
The board confirmed the decision in the minutes of its 39th general meeting released on Friday.
"The board has also decided to stop the immediate performance of all the injured and aged animals in the circuses as mentioned in the report. These elephants will be seized after making arrangement for their rehabilitation," added Valliyate.
Along with this, the legal notices will also be served to the circuses for using sick, injured and unregistered animals as performing animals.
The PETA India's findings will also be forwarded to the Central Zoo Authority for further action.