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Dear [%first_name | Default Value%],
 
When we think of circuses, we think of huge tents, jokers, trapeze performances and a lot of fun. The concept of a circus came to India in the year 1880, when Vishnupant Chatre, after getting inspired by the Royal Italian Circus, came up with his own circus- The Great Indian Circus. Not just in India, but he also travelled across the United States.
 
Circuses have grown since, not just in India but across the world. And unfortunately, with them, grew the exploitation of animals. Tigers jumping through burning rings, lions walking in a line, elephants standing on stools, hippos playing with balls, dogs on bicycles and parrots balancing balls on their heads were considered ‘natural’ activities in a circus misleading children and adults alike. Because what happens to these animals behind closed doors is anyone’s worst nightmare. These animals, who are taken away from their families, beaten, abused and tortured to train in order to perform unnatural; tricks for human amusement, and are offer left to suffer without adequate food and veterinary care. 
 
Fortunately, on the Animal Welfare board of India and FIAPO’s recommendation, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) banned the use of any wild animals for performances in circuses in the year 2017. The ban came into effect after year-long inspections and monitoring by officials in which extreme cruelty to animals was reported. The ministry also deregistered several circuses in the country for training, exhibition and use of elephants for performances. 
 
Very recently on the 28th of November 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) issued a notice, proposing a ban on the use of all animals in circuses. This proposal is currently up for debate for a 30 day time period, after which the ban would be implemented in circuses across the country. An ecstatic moment for all animal lovers in the country, this notification will serve as the end of animal abuse in circuses once and for all. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, along with several others, worked with the government for more than 4 years for this ban. Several eminent personalities and celebrities like Raveena Tandon, Dia Mirza, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Prashant Bhushan also shared their support to FIAPO’s End Circus Suffering campaign. Thousands of individuals showed their support by signing the petition and more than a thousand school children wrote postcards to the ministry asking them to ban the use of animals in circuses.
 
This notification could not come at a better time – just when India is hosting the largest circus in the world which does not use animals in their performances, Cirque Du Soleil. This circus is a model and should be taken as an example for others to evolve and include different cultural aspects of the country in their performances like sword fighting, mallakhamb, Gatka, Huyen langlon, Kalaripayattu, Mardani khel, Silambam and Sqay.With major players like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closing their doors in 2017, it is a clear proof that not only is using animals in circuses unethical, cruel and unjust, but the use of animals in circuses is also a recipe for economical failure. Use of different art forms and a clever use of trained individuals to entertain the audience are some ways in which the dwindling future of circuses in India can be brought back to life, also generating employment to thousands of talented individuals who are masters of several art forms across the country. 
 
Best,
Varda Mehrotra, 
Executive Director, 
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)
Centre Proposes Complete Ban on Use of Animals in Circuses, Activists Hail Call
 
Proposing a complete ban on the use of animals for spectacle or performances at any circus or mobile entertainment facilities, the Indian government has decided to expand rules for such practices. Inviting suggestions and comments within a month, the Environment ministry put forth a draft notification dated November 28 prohibiting the exhibition or the training of animals, stating that “no animals shall be used for any performances or exhibition at any circus or mobile entertainment facility.” (Read More). The proposed ban comes in the wake of three important steps towards ending the torment inflicted on animals in circuses. The CZA de-registered all circuses using wild animals earlier this year and recommended a complete ban on all animals in circuses. Earlier, in 2013, the use of elephants in circuses had been banned and, in 1998, the Central Government had banned the use of lions, tigers, panthers, monkeys, bears and bulls in circuses. These steps have come in the midst — and to a significant extent because — of a sustained campaign by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and bodies like People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), People for Animals (PFA) and Asia for Animals coalition. (Read More).
City Animal Lovers Concerned Over Missing Community Dogs
 
City residents are complaining that over 100 community dogs have gone missing from various localities. Post several failed attempts to register a complaint with the police by residents, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) decided to step in and file a complaint. The police finally registered the complaint when the Animal Husbandry department intervened, they say. After many complaints from the animal welfare activists, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) intervened and urged the Mayor and Police Commissioner to take action (Read More). In Another part of the country, Pawsome, an NGO of animal lovers, has rescued at least 20 dogs from falling victim to dog meat trade in Tripura. With their work resulting in six arrests, the NGO feels dog smuggling has slowed down here (Read More). These increasing incidents on dogs, raises a huge concern on the ever increasing human-dog conflict in the country, and corrective measures are required to create a mutually harmonious society.
 
 How Ending Meat will be a Good Beginning for the Climate
 
The End of Meat, a groundbreaking documentary film envisioning a future without any meat consumption, was showcased in Mumbai, after being premiered in other international destinations like New York, Berlin among others. The documentary revealed the hidden impact of meat consumption; explored the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a more compassionate diet and raised critical questions about the future role of animals in our society. The screening was done in collaboration with the Ahimsa Parmo Dharma Group and was supported by national and international organisations such as Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), Mercy for Animals India, Sharan India, Animal Equality India, Humane Society International India, PETA India, Vegan First, Vegfund and Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA) (Read More).
Glow collars for stray animals to alert drivers in UP 
 
In a bid to check road accidents in Uttar Pradesh caused by street animals, several districts have now started using radium collars that glow in the dark and caution drivers of an animal on the street. The collars, that alert drivers from a distance of 30 meters, will help keep a check on road accidents, which causes the lives of humans as well as several hundreds of animals every year (Read More). 
Delhi High Court quashes ban on sale of Oxytocin by private drug makers
 
The Delhi High Court, on December 14, quashed the Central government’s decision to prohibit the sale, distribution, manufacturing and import of Oxytocin by private companies in India. It was earlier found that Oxytocin was widely misused by a section of farmers and dairy industry to enhance milk production of livestock, causing suffering and mortality to the cattle. To control the misuse, the government in April banned the manufacturing and sale of oxytocin formulation, and allowed only KAPL to supply the drug. This decision by the High Court falls against animal welfare norms, and there is a major need to restrict the use of this deadly drug in dairies and the commercial milk industry (Read More).
 
Livestock killing in Manipur: Are Dogs Behind the Attacks?
 
Even as Forest department of Manipur along with a team of experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun are probing the series of killing of livestock in the state, attack on livestock by mystery animal is now being blamed on the most commonly available animal (Read More). While there are proofs that Ferret Badger and Civet cats are equally responsible for killing animals, the whole burden has fallen on street dogs. A day after the confirmation that street dogs are behind the series of attacks on livestock across the state, the Imphal Municipal Cooperation (IMC) has notified that it will start a drive to round up street dogs. With several organisations in the state opposing this idea of caging dogs, FIAPO has written to the IMC and the ministry to take the order back, and hold proper investigation on the matter (Read More).
 
Petition to End Circus Suffering 
Animal use in circuses will soon be a thing of the past. This age old cruel practice of torturing animals to perform unnatural tricks is coming to an end. The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India has published draft rules that, if finalised, would ban all animal circuses in India. Please support them by supporting the ban. This is the final step to #EndCircusSuffering.
We are organising a tweetathon to thank everyone who was involved or supported us to end this cruel practice. So on 21st of December, 2018, be sure to tweet the below mentioned tweet and tag as many friends as you can who support the ban to #EndCircusSuffering-
 
Good News! The @moefcc has proposed a ban on all animals in circuses. Support the government’s decision and tag someone who supports the ban!
People For Animals Bihar
 
People for Animals also known as PFA is India's largest animal welfare organization with a nationwide network of 26 hospitals, 165 units and 2.5 Lakh members. They work to rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals. People for Animals Bihar is Bihar unit of People for Animals (India).
PFA Bihar has various objectives like creating infrastructure, upgrade and establish facilities for animal rescue and rehabilitation such as shelters, ambulances, mobile clinics and help lines, Influence Policy, act as a pressure group to bring about environmental and animal friendly legislation, ensure implementation, take direct action through units to protect animals and punish offenders, educate and sensitize the public.
PFA Bihar has been trying to raise funds for a project called “VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS”.  This project will help distressed animals with their treatment, shelter, food and an ambulance service. This would help create a better a better environment for animals in the state.
 
FIAPO supports this endeavor and urges everyone to support them in this noble cause.
 
Support PFA Bihar
 
 
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