Circuses, zoos, aquariums, dog fighting, hunting, fishing, horse racing, bullfighting, all keep animals in captivity and use them against their will for human entertainment.  A strategic area for FIAPO is to end the use of animals for sacrifice, entertainment, and work. With a narrowed focus in mind, FIAPO launched #EndCircusSuffering (ECS) a national campaign to stop the suffering, of all animals in circuses.

As per the law, circuses performing with animals in India are required to be registered with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) under the Performing Animal Registration Rules, 2001, as well as with the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) under the Recognition of Zoo Rules, 2009, if performing with exotic animals. However, most circuses in the country, either do not possess the above paperwork or operate in blatant violation of the conditions of registration. Thus, FIAPO works with partner organisations to end the use of animals in captivity by lobbying the Government and local authorities, raising awareness, generating public opinion and initiating direct action.

Till date, the campaign has rescued 167 animals from 13 circuses across India and has mobilised 114 activists, from 45 organisations across 18 states. The findings of our investigations of individual circuses have been published as a report, which can be downloaded here.

ECS has gathered support from lawmakers, advocates and members of the entertainment industry as well. Most recently, the actor Raveena Tandon has written to the government to amend legislation to exclude animals from circuses. She is joined by another actor Dia Mirza, Members of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Vinod Chavda, BC Khanduri, KC Ramamurthy, Butta Renuka and advocate Prashant Bhushan. Read their letter here.

With more than 4 years of continuous efforts and work with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, we are happy to announce that the ministry has published draft rules that, if finalised, would ban all animal circuses in India. A moment of happiness, and celebration for the animal protection community, and for organisations and individuals working for their freedom! We have a long road ahead, and this milestone will serve as a motivation for us to continue our efforts toward animal liberation in the country.

Our Supporters

Raveena Tandon

Famous Bollywood Actor

Dia Mirza

Famous Bollywood Actor and Miss Asia Pacific, 2000 title

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Vinod Chavda 

Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri,

Former Chief minister of Uttarakhand

K. C. Ramamurthy 

Member of Rajya Sabha, Karnataka

Butta Renuka

 Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Prashant Bhushan 

Indian lawyer, activist and politician

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Join the network of over 150 NGOs and activists across the country in asking MoEFCC to #EndCircusSuffering: Sign the Petition

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FIAPO's End Circus Suffering Petition


Dear Sir/Madam

I commend the proposal by your government to prohibit the training, exhibition, and performance of all animals in circuses. I reiterate my commitment to not consume the inherently cruel animal entertainment and educate my peers about it as well. I have read the proposed amendment, support it fully and hope your office will pass these rules after the mandatory 30-day consultation period.

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End Circus Sufering

Dec 04

Curtains for animal abuse in circuses

Curtains for animal abuse in circuses

Public opinion and repeated violation of rules by circuses persuades government to take action
Following a four year long campaign by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) to expose cruelty to animals in circuses, the government has proposed a complete ban on use of all animals in traveling

Dec 05

End Circus Suffering Dossier

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Jul 06

AWBI Advisory letter

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Apr 14

Dia Mirza letter to minister

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Mar 04

AfA letter to Ministry of Environment India animals in circuses March 2017

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