Actor Raveena Tandon appeals to the government to ban
animal circuses

Bollywood
supports FIAPO to end cruelty towards animals

Mumbai, 20th April
2018:
Animals
suffering in circuses have a fresh ray of hope, with the outspoken actor Raveena
Tandon now supporting their freedom. The actor has written to the Minister of
Environment, Forests and Climate Change to impose a ‘complete and immediate
end’ to the use of all animals in circuses. She joins another actor Dia Mirza,
who had also asked the government to end animal circuses.

In the letter, Raveena observed I believe that it is time we dissociate
cruelty from entertainment, and let these majestic creatures be where they
belong. Our culture also has many traditional art forms which showcase the
skill of our artists. They should be adopted by circuses to evolve into an
engaging and healthy entertainment”

Raveena Tandon supports the
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), which has
been campaigning for the freedom of these abused animals. Lending her
support and appreciation to their work she said, “I express my support to FIAPO’s End Circus Suffering campaign, which
has helped
hundreds of circus animals to be freed from this cruel form of entertainment. I urge you to consider the universal cruelty
to animals in this industry and impose a complete and immediate end to the use
of all animals in circuses.”

The movement for a national legislation to
end the use of animal circuses has been gaining momentum. Noted parliamentarians
like Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Butta Renuka, KC Ramamoorthy and advocate Prashant
Bhushan have also written to the ministry supporting the exclusion of animals
from circuses. Both the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Central
Zoo Authority (CZA) – regulatory bodies for circuses- have recommended a
legislative amendment to exclude all animals from circuses, based on numerous
and repeated violation of rules, and cruelty to animals.

Ms Varda Mehrotra, Director of
the FIAPO
said, “It is heartening to see the entertainment
industry speaking up against cruelty to animals. We commend and thank Raveena
Tandon for her progressive stance and kindness to animals. The process of
training animals to perform unnatural tricks is inherently abusive, as shown in
numerous inspection reports. FIAPO reiterates its appeal to the ministry of
Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to take note of this and
ban the use of all animals in circuses. It
is time the ministry acted”

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 organisations 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 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 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 suffering of animals.

Notes:

1.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection
Organisations (FIAPO) is India’s apex animal protection organisation. Working
with 82 member organisations, over 200 supporter organisations and 1000
individual activists in 63 cities, FIAPO is the catalyst that protects the
interests of animals on local and national levels – through education,
research, mobilisation, training and direct action. In addition to working with the government and consumers, FIAPO also engages with corporations and
institutions to influence production and bringing down and ultimately ending
the consumption of animal products in commercial consumption
. Through
effective campaigning, we cause industry-wide tectonic shifts by setting
compassionate norms, and create a significant and lasting impact on the
suffering of farm animals.

2.
Raveena
Tandon’s letter attached herewith

3.
Other
letters available on reques

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