Does Your Conscience Believe that Animals are Clowns?


Following the latest developments in FIAPO’s End Circus Suffering campaign, letters of protest against the widespread cruelty in Indian circuses have found their way to the office of Mr. Anil Madhav Dave, the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Some of the international names include the Asia for Animals Coalition, the Born Free Foundation, and Four Paws, amongst others. Thane SPCA, CUPA, Blue Cross of Hyderabad and HAS are some of the Indian organisations that have stepped up to the occasion.

End Circus Suffering has highlighted cruelty to animals in Indian circuses and helped rehabilitate more than 170 animals so far. The campaign has worked with more than 43 organisations and 120 activists in 16 states so far, to develop a complete picture of the abuse of animals in circuses. The demand for an end to animal circuses follows the discovery of abysmal conditions under which animals are kept, transported and trained. You can learn more about the campaign here.

This coming together of organisations for the common cause of ending cruelty to circus animals only reiterates how strongly people all over the world feel about it. Circus animals are severely mistreated and it is only right to put an end to this cruelty. We are happy that all these organisations believe in the work we have done so far, and join hands with us to further the movement. We hope that we will be able to further strengthen our voice and reach the right people in power, who will hopefully listen to us and agree to stop this cruelty.

If you believe that animals aren’t clowns, and should not be used for ‘entertainment’ in circuses, ask Anil Madhav Dave, MoEF&CC, to prohibit the use of animals in circuses by signing the petition!

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FIAPO is India's apex animal rights organization. As the collective voice of the animal rights movement in India, FIAPO is the catalyst that protects the interests and rights of animals on local and national levels - through education, research, lobbying, mobilization, networking, training and direct action. Created for the movement, by the movement, FIAPO is India’s only national federation. It has over 80 members and over 200 supporter organizations across the country. Click to see author's profile.

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