Hurrah! No More Elephants to Be Enslaved by Indian Circuses

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India bans use of elephants in circuses!Congratulations are in order for our friends over at PETA India today! After a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across the country revealed widespread cruelty, the Animal Welfare Board of India has just decided to end the registration of elephants for performances – effectively putting a stop to the suffering of circus elephants.

PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses documented rampant apparent violations of animal-welfare laws, including animals dying from inadequate care, mysteriously “going missing”, denied veterinary care for injuries and being handled by drunken staff members. Elephants – who roam over vast spaces in the wild and live in complex matriarchal societies – may be snatched from their homes for circuses and forced to spend their lives in chains, in fear of being hit and jabbed. Nail-studded sticks and ankuses (metal hooks with sharp, spear-like ends) are some of the weapons typically used to “train” elephants, causing pain, bruises and bloody wounds to the animals’ bodies.

Bollywood star John Abraham was one of many people who got behind the campaign to end this abuse. In a letter to the Indian government, he wrote, “Unlike human performers, animals are forced to entertain through the use of fear, pain or hunger”, and urged officials to make the compassionate choice. Shilpa Shetty, Vijender Singh and Wayne Parnell are just some of the other high-profile people who spoke out for elephants who were being forced to perform.

This news is a fantastic achievement, but PETA India won’t be resting on its laurels. PETA India is now waiting for AWBI’s decisions to be implemented as well as calling on authorities to take the next logical step forward by banning the use of all animals in circuses – because only willing human performers belong in the entertainment industry. Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Greece already have laws against using animals in circuses.

In England and Wales, compassionate people are looking forward to celebrating the imminent ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses. After concerted pressure from animal-protection groups, including many PETA supporters, the government has promised that the ban will come into force in 2015, sparing elephants, camels, zebras, raccoons and reindeer a life of misery, imprisonment, beatings and distressing performances.



  • natasha salgado commented on November 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Please stop the abuse.

    • valerie fletcher commented on March 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      these people are abusing these circus elephants why is there no justice or anyone to get them to safety this is sickening.

  • Daryl Michael commented on November 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Well done India, leading the way once again. Would like to see the 2015 ban to include ALL animals!

    • Wowzers commented on November 21, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Today the elephants, tomorrow the humans who are paid to perform idiotic unnatural inhumane stunts against their will!

    • Courtney commented on November 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      @ Wowzers. Your comment is completely nonsensical; if we’re to believe that humans will be forced to perform in circuses against their will (has someone been sipping a little too much cough syrup?), then why bother suggesting that they’d even be paid for the tasks? You’re implying that humans will be treated like slaves due to a growing sense of empathy for non-human animals, but they’ll still get paid for the inconvenience. Oh kaaay…

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Why 2015? Why not 2014? What will happen to these animals now? Will they all be retired to sanctuaries? I hope so. Also I thought that the UK had already banned wild animals in circuses. Now how about the USA? If India can bring about a ban so quickly, then the USA should too. Never mind about people’s jobs, let them look for jobs that doesn’t entail beating animals. Ban them from working with all animals.

    • Wowzers commented on November 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      @ Courtney: Just because certain people are paid to do dumb things doesn’t mean they do so willingly!

  • line gareau commented on November 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    please react

  • Ty Jeffries commented on November 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Thank God; A step in the right direction x

  • devos commented on November 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    les animaux n’on pas leur place dans un cirque

  • angus commented on November 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Lets inform other countries and try and get a worldwide ban if poss :’)

  • Peggy Lovick commented on November 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Please stop this international abuse of our wonderful elephants!

  • MARIA DEUTSCH commented on November 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm


  • Clare commented on November 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Stop these acts of evil

  • Soumya Naidu commented on November 19, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Awesome job guys. This is why I donate to PETA.
    Next up are those temple elephants.

    • Smita commented on December 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      I agree. Such completely unnatural, isolated and loud surroundings for such intelligent, beautiful, kind beings.

  • lynn hall commented on November 19, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Thank you PETA and thank you India!!

  • melanie Appleby commented on November 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

    well done Peta we now have to get the rest of the World to follow

  • Lori chapman commented on November 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations India! Now you need to put an end to bear baiting (bears are chained to stumps and 3dogs are let loose to attack them. The bears have had their teeth and claws removed, and have no way of defending themselves!). This is horrific, painful and stressful to the bears, and needs to be stopped immediately!!

  • Rosanne commented on November 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    So happy to see the Toronto Zoo elephants going to California, thanks to Bob Barker.
    And this is great news, though I wish it was effective immediately.

  • jette joendrup commented on November 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Good news. Well done. Thank you very much on behalf of the elephants.


  • Natalie Ortega commented on November 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I am so happy to read this! God Bless elephants and all of India!

  • Cara commented on November 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Such good news! Well done for all your hard work!

  • Crystal commented on November 22, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Thank you Peta!!!

  • Jacqueline Staniland commented on November 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    A heart-felt suggestion:

    Individual animal charities should use the trade union model, where they can still retain their different methods to try to achieve their target animal welfare issues, but at the same time co-operating collectively under one overarching umbrella animal organisation with member representation from the different animal charities. Pooling resources, such as petitions, to get the large-scale numbers to drive attitude change. Size counts when trying influence a move away from a human-centred to inter-species co-existence philosophy of existence. Set aside human relations differences within and between the many animal charities and pool resources to end cruelty to animals. Then individual supporters, like myself, don’t have make the hard choice, due to personal financial restraints, as to which animals charity/charities to support, but can happily participate in a collective effort to help all animals locally, nationally and internationally.

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 2:03 am

      Good idea Jacqueline. Just like the Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) for raising money for the recent typhoon victims. Together we stand, divided we fall.

  • Bárbara Campos commented on November 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Hurrah indeed! What a struggle this was! Well done everyone! 😉

  • Elyne commented on November 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Il faut interdire les animaux dans les cirques au plus vite et partout dans le monde.
    Il est honteux de les traiter avec une telle cruauté !!!
    Les animaux sont faits pour vivre libres…

    Depuis longtemps déjà je ne veux plus aller dans un cirque à cause de la façon dont les animaux sont traités : battus, mal nourris, enfermés dans de petites cages, enchaînés, blessés et pas soignés…

    Il faut partager un maximum pour que le monde entier sache ce qu’il se passe et que plus personne n’aille voir de tels spectacles !!!

    Merci pour ce que vous faites et bon courage car il y a encore beaucoup de travail pour interdire complètement cela.

  • Günter Gottfried commented on November 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Danke, ich Spende gerne dafür

  • Gisela commented on November 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Actúen en beneficio de los elegantes, basta de lastimarlos

  • Clare Mann commented on November 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    It is almost inconceivable to imagine and pain the animal would be trying to avoid from a trainer by painfully balancing on one leg (which would be the preferable pain).

    We are seeing a lot of darkness around in the world in all areas of animal exploitation – however, whenever things seem darker, it is because light is being shone on them and we are seeing what has been going on.

    We are at a tipping point of change and like all conscious changes, there will be resistance. It is our job to stay the course, every day wake ourselves and others up to our consumer choices, opportunities to share the message that ‘animals are NOT ours to use – they are there to enjoy their own lives.

    Stay strong and together we are creating a voice for animals that will be heard above all the unconscious voices.

  • carlos commented on November 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Ya era hora.

  • Dana Kubiak commented on November 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

    !! 🙂 !!

  • Rongveaux commented on November 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Very well done , Many Thanks to Peta for finally have success in stopping this horrible torture endured by wild animals employed in Circus.

  • Eugenia Maria Cotrim commented on November 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Please, save the elephants. They are so inteligente and friendly.

  • Eugenia Maria Cotrim commented on November 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Please, save the elephants , they are so inteligente and friendly

  • Y.D. Jordan commented on December 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    It should be done NOW! Why wait?

  • Patrizia Serru commented on December 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Leave Elephants in peace in their natural ambients!

  • V Jackson commented on December 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    They are so socially advanced and intelligent please help the elephants .

  • gevers commented on December 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    stop this horror right away

  • Louise Mayer commented on December 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Good work PETA and keep at these people as they need to be educated in the treatment of animals. They cannot speak for themselves and need people like you to speak up for them with some help from the donations – thank you to all these persons who donate to PETA in order to help them do this great work. God bless you all!

  • Netta de Beer commented on January 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    So cruel !!!! What with wrong with these people, do they have no hearts! STOP a busing animals. Just as humans they have the right to live!!!!!

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