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Ban the use of animals in Indian circuses

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​Cages, whips, torture and starvation.

Our children may be fond of circuses and we may take slight relief in the fact that employing wild animals in circuses has been banned in most countries in the world. However this does not change the reality for those animals which are suffering through hours of training routines, separation from their natural habitat, torture and punishment, poor living conditions and little to no healthcare whatsoever.

When you see an elephant or horse perform tricks in the ring, think about their lives in the circus with cubbyholes for living, dark containers for transport and miserable living conditions.

Virtually 96% of a circus animal's life is spent in chains and cages. 96%. During the off-season, animals used in circuses may be housed in small traveling crates. Such confinement has harmful psychological effects on them. These effects are often indicated by unnatural behavior such as repeated swaying, and pacing. Lack of exercise and long hours standing on hard surfaces are major contributors to foot infections and arthritis, the leading causes of death among captive elephants.Dogs are crammed into wire cages and rarely let out, and birds are confined to tiny, filthy cages and have their wings crudely clipped so that they cannot fly. Horses are kept tethered on short ropes, and elephants are often kept shackled by three legs.

There are at least 53 circuses in the country, out of which 32 are registered with the AWBI. Some of the circuses have been de-registered by AWBI after they were found violating PCA Act 1960.

This is a life no one deserves. Circuses with their minimum budgets and hectic schedules have no resources and time to pay heed to the medical and psychological needs of the animals. Wild animals have been banned by the government and it is time now to follow the lead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Bolivia and Greece by banning the use of all animals in circuses.

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