People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has demanded complete ban on animals, including elephants, in circuses.
PETA officials said they found rampant and widespread abuse of various animals, including elephants and exotic birds, used in circuses, during an investigation of circuses across India along with NGO 'Animal Rahat' authorised by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).
The team inspected 16 registered circuses across India during the investigation from November last year to July this year and found only one circus featured "only human" shows.
PETA officials said they found rampant violations of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA) 1960, Performing Animal Rules and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
"The findings from our extensive investigation reveal that cruelty to animals is inherent in the circus business, a conclusion that has already led numerous countries to ban use of animals in circuses. It is high time for a ban on use of animals in Indian circuses," Dr Manilal Valliyate, director of veterinary affairs at PETA, said.
PETA officials said they have submitted their report to AWBI and Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).
The Central Zoo Authority (CZA), through a circular issued in November, 2009, has already banned elephants from zoo collections throughout the country. More....