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Veterinary experts appeal for prohibition of use of animals in circuses

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Veterinary experts have asked the government to notify the rules prohibiting the use of animals in circuses, claiming that the actions and tricks that the animals are forced to perform are unnatural for them.

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Several countries have banned the use of animals in circuses. (Photo: representative photo)

Up to 100 veterinarians have asked the center’s government to notify the rules banning the use of animals in circuses, claiming that the actions and tricks the animals are forced to perform are unnatural to them.

The appeal has been sent to the Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Parchutam Rupala.

In their appeal, they cited many reasons why circuses should prevent the use of animals including keeping animals in strict confinement, restraining elephants when not in use, tying horses and camels almost permanently in place, and confining dogs in cages. They also mentioned physical abuse using weapons to force animals to perform unnatural tricks that damage their bodies and minds.

“These vets know what is best for animals, and they say the use of animals in circuses should end,” said Peta India CEO and veterinarian Dr. Manilal Valliat. He added that PETA India joins these veterinarians in calling for Parshutam Rupala to enact a ban on the use of animals in circuses proposed by the central government.

In 2017 and 2019, the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body established under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, advised the central government to pass legislation banning animals in circuses. Recently, the Central Zoo revoked its recognition of the Great Golden Circus, the only circus that still uses protected wild animals such as elephants in performances.

The experts’ appeal also notes that countries such as Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece, Guatemala, Italy and Malta have banned the use of animals in circuses.

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