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.

Our appeal to pass a legislation prohibiting the use of animals in circuses has so far been supported by many prominent public figures like actor Dia Mirza, Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan, Members of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Vinod Chavda, K.C. Ramamurthy and General B.C. Khanduri. As a result of continuous lobbying with regulatory bodies- the AWBI and the CZA- have now recommended a complete ban on the use of animals in circuses.

We are presently lobbying with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to respond to our  demand. ECS also plans to appeal to the Prime Minister and the President of India to intervene in case there is no response from the ministry.

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FIAPO's End Circus Suffering Petition

Dear Sir,

Animal circuses are a form of archaic entertainment where extremely cruel methods and intimidators are used to make animals perform unnatural acts. Their “spectacular performances” are a result of physical torture, hunger and fear.

The cruelty begins from the point when the animals are acquired, then confined in inhuman, unhygienic and stressful conditions. They are deprived of adequate food, exercise, opportunities to socialize with their own kind, and are constantly moved from one camp to the other. These conditions cause permanent physical and mental trauma to the animals, sometimes causing them to behave violently as well.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, I urge you to bring necessary amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 to exclude all animals from being used for ‘entertainment’ in circuses.

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