“I don’t want my children to believe that dogs carry umbrellas or that parrots ride a bicycle,” says Actor Raveena Tandon on Mother’s Day 2018
FIAPO releases the actor’s videologue to sensitise parents towards animal cruelty in circuses; urges government to end animal suffering. (Image Credit: Twitter)
Committed to being a responsible parent and bringing up her children as human beings of the society, actor Raveena Tandon has shared a video message expressing her concern about animals suffering in circuses and underscores her support for their freedom, on Mother’s Day 2018.
In the video message, Raveena says, “As a responsible member of the most vibrant entertainment industry, I believe that animals should not be subjected to cruelty for our entertainment. Animals in circuses are beaten, forced and harassed both physically and mentally to perform for our viewing pleasure. We, as the most privileged species on the planet, should not, and need not treat animals this way. I don’t want my children to believe that dogs carry umbrellas or that parrots ride a bicycle. They only do it for the fear of punishment.”
A strong advocate of rights and equality, Raveena Tandon has been supporting the Federation of Indian Animals Protection Organisations (FIAPO), which along with Four Paws, has been campaigning for the freedom of these abused animals. In the video, she also appeals for their freedom to the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) saying, “I support FIAPO’s End Circus Suffering campaign, which has freed hundreds of animals from cruel circuses. Dear Minister of Environment and Forests – Dr. Harsh Vardhan, as an active social worker and an actor, I urge you to put an end to the use of animals in circuses through an improved legislation. Let us join hands and let these creatures be where they belong.”
Last month, the actor had also written a letter to the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to impose a ‘complete and immediate end”; to the use of all animals in circuses.
Commenting on the occasion, Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO says, “Teaching animals to perform inappropriate tricks portrays them to the public in a manner far removed from their natural behavior Instead of showing their natural grace and beauty, such circuses desensitise the society, particularly young children, to animal abuse in the name of entertainment. There are better ways to learn about animals than going to the circus. Parents could take their children to volunteer at an animal rescue center or watch a great documentary about animals in their own homes.”
About End Circus Suffering campaign:
The campaign End Circus Suffering, initiated by FIAPO has so far enabled the rehabilitation of more than 160 abused animals from 15 circuses. The Federation, supported by 82 members and over 200 NGOs nationwide, has also submitted a detailed report of the state of animals in circuses in India to the MoEF&CC. FIAPO’s investigations have shown animals with broken bones; infectious diseases; permanent physical and mental disorders; crippled animals that can’t even walk being forced by circuses to perform tricks.
More than 40 organizations and 100 activists from 16 states have been involved with detecting and reporting cruelty to animals in circuses, as part of the End Circus Suffering campaign initiated by the Federation. The campaign has revealed a violation of multiple provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA) and the Preforming Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001 (PARR) by circuses. From cutting the flight feathers of birds to chaining elephants with spikes, circuses train animals under the harshest conditions to make them perform acts that are completely unnatural to them. The entire process of breaking these innocent creatures during training includes burning them with a hot iron, piercing their genitals, threatening them with fire, tying them for days on end without food or water among other gruesome acts. Displaying such abused creatures for entertainment is a reflection of circuses’ callous attitude towards the suffering of animals.