PETA Rescues 18 Animals from Grand Circus Camp
By Express News Service | Published: 06th May 2015 06:04 AM |
KOCHI: The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has rescued 18 animals from the camp of Grand Circus during an inspection in the tents of the circus company in the State. The inspection was conducted on May 1 and 2, in association with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), inspectors of Animal Rahat - an animal protection organisation focused on veterinary intervention - and PAWS, Thrissur.
Following the inspection, the management of the circus company agreed to relinquish 18 animals to the AWBI, immediately, for rehabilitation. After surrendering the animals, Grand Circus has become an animal-free, human-only entity.
“After the management of the circus company expressed desire to provide better living conditions to the animals, seven horses and ten dogs rescued from the camp were shifted to the People for Animals (PFA) Thiruvananthapuram. One female camel will be shifted to a sanctuary run by the Animal Rahat at Sangli in Maharashtra, where she will be lodged along with Waheed, a male camel that was rescued by the organisation,” said PETA officials.
“The findings of the inspection proves beyond any doubt that cruelty towards animals is inherent in the circus business, a conclusion that has prompted many countries to ban the use of all kinds of animals in circus,” said PETA India chief executive officer Poorva Joshipura. “We have also recommended the Grand Circus management to employ only humans who are willing to perform or entertain,” he added. Meanwhile, AWBI-authorised inspections conducted by the PETA India in 16 circus companies revealed rampant use of torture devices.