Animal activists rescue abused animals, put an end to the circus

Animal activists rescue abused animals, put an end to the circus

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-21 12:29 Bengaluru: The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Animal Rahat and officials from the state rescued as many as 17 animals on Friday after the Animal Welfare Board of India filed a complaint against Rajkamal Circus for violating the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules. The management of Rajkamal Circus agreed to relinquish all 17 animals for rehabilitation and also pledged to run the circus without using animals. The circus had recently camped in Kolar district, said the release from AWBI. It further stated that the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and People for Animals (PFA) also helped establish the circus’s offences and facilitated the rescue fo animals and birds. One horse and five dogs from the circus have been moved to a sanctuary run by Animal Rahat, while eleven exotic birds – six cockatoos, three African grey parrots and two emus – have been moved to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Bengaluru. Officials from AWBI had written letter to the Kolar Deputy Commissioner requesting action against the circus company. The Central Zoo Authority had also cancelled the "captive animal facility" recognition of the circus on 2 October 2014, as a result the circus was prohibited from housing, training, exhibiting or using any elephants for performance. The inspectors further documented animals and birds being tortured. While dogs were forced to jump, push a trolley, birds were forced to climb the ladder and a performer was handling the animals and birds inhumanely. They were not provided with proper food and water. Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs, said, “While animals held by Rajkamal Circus can begin to recover, other circuses still condemn animals to chronic confinement and deprive them all that is natural and important to them. PETA urges families to stay far away from any facility that abuses animals for entertainment.” FIAPO campaign manager Prashanth V said the association was glad that national organisations could work collectively to “secure the freedom for all abused animals at Rajkamal circus”. “That the circus has voluntarily relinquished animals indicates that these establishments are unable to adequately care for the animals in their custody,” he said.