People for Animals Hyderabad led the rescue of all animals from Jamuna circus

People for Animals Hyderabad led the rescue of all animals from Jamuna circus yesterday. All animals at the circus, including 1 elephant 8 dogs, 7 pups, 5 exotic birds and 6 geese, have been rescued and they are on the way to a permanent care center. the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations facilitated the operation under its End Circus Suffering programme. The elephant is temporarily housed at the Hyderabad zoo and will eventually be rehabilitated at Wildlife SOS, the remaining animals have founda forever home at the Blue Cross of Hyderabad. Dattatreya Joshi. CEO PFA Hyderabad lead the 20 day long operation to secure the safe release of animals from the abusive circus. In his capacity as the Honorary Animal Welfare officer with the AWBI, Mr. Joshi conducted a thorough inspection of the circus and all the animals in its camp at Mehboobnagar. What he found during the inspection was shocking reminder of the abysmal conditions in which circuses keep their animals. He says “we found pregnant dogs which were bred without license from the AWBI, there were maggot wounds and injuries due to hitting, the horses had badly overgrown hooves and their pens had rusted metal rods which were in close proximity to open electrical wiring. the Birds were mutilated by having their flight feathers cut. The elephant with the circus had multiple ailments, including an injured right front leg, as reported in detail by the veterinarian” PFA hyderabad immediately lodged an FIR based on the inspection report, and urged the police and the local court to confiscate the animals. After hearing PFA’s arguments and looking at the report, CJM Shaadnagar ordered that the animals be moved from the circus and rehabilitated. This is only the second judgment in the country ordering rehab of all animals from a circus, the first one being from Moonlight circus in April 2015. “The present rescue comes as a welcome relief to all animals at Jamuna circus. It is also validation of the fact that the judiciary is able to look through the misleading veil that circuses cast to exploit the loopholes in the law and continue to ill treat animals. We also thank SP mehoobnagar Mr. Vishwaprasad, who enabled the rescue.” Said Vasanti Vadi, PFA Hyderabad. Prashanth V, campaign manager FIAPO said “Jamuna circus is one of the 53 circuses in India which have made a business out of animal cruelty. Such rescues are possible, thanks to the proactive role of the MoEF and minister Shri. Prakash Javadekar. In addition to the present laws, we urge the minister to completely ban the use of all animals in circuses, so that the next generation does not stand witness to this barbaric practice in the guise of entertainment”

Date: 8/3/2016