Help Stop Animals From Suffering in Circuses
As the Animal Welfare Board of India's recent inspection reveals, animals
used in Indian circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse,
and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons, including ankuses –heavy,
sharp steel-tipped rods – are used to inflict pain on animals and beat them
into submission. Animals perform frightening, confusing tricks, such as jumping
through rings of fire, not because they want to but out of fear of violent
Even when they aren't performing, animals used in circuses endure a
lifetime of misery. Their access to water, food, and veterinary care is often
severely restricted. Dogs may be crammed into wire cages and rarely let out. Birds
are often confined to tiny, filthy cages, and their wings may be crudely clipped
so that they cannot fly. Horses are typically kept tethered on short ropes, and
elephants are often shackled by their legs.
While Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, and Greece have outlawed the
use of all animals in circuses, the Indian government has so far banned only the
use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, and lions in performances. Let
officials know that other species are suffering, too.
You Can Help
Please add your voice to PETA's by letting officials know that all animals
who are exhibited or forced to perform in circuses are suffering.