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Animal Welfare Board of India Supports Ending Animal Circuses

26th July, 2017, New Delhi: Generations of animals abused in circuses for crude entertainment may soon be a thing of the past. In the biggest support to performing animals so far, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has sent an advisory to its parent Ministry MoEF&CC recommending “a strong legislation to end institutionalized cruelty to animals in circuses”.

AWBI is the prescribed authority under the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules 2001, and is in charge of registering animals to be used in circuses. In its 4 page recommendation to the ministry, the AWBI has given a detailed account of the history of regulation of animals in circuses, and reasons as to why it is not working, resulting in continued abuse of local and exotic animals.

This advisory is in line with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO)’s demand, for permanent freedom of circus animals. Arpan Sharma, Director of the Federation said, “It is a very relevant and timely observation by the AWBI that the present legislation needs to change, and exclude animals in circuses. Coming from the agency who is in charge of circus animal regulation, it is the most credible and comprehensive paper advocating end to animal circuses. It observes that the process of training animals to perform unnatural tricks is inherently abusive, as shown in numerous inspection reports. FIAPO appeals to the ministry to take note of this and take immediate action.”

The AWBI’s recommendation also gives details of all animals rehabilitated from circuses by law enforcement agencies owing to their cruel treatment and violation of rules. It states “It is the AWBI’s considered opinion that the time has come for the government to bring an end to the use of animals in circuses and to make suitable changes in legislation that prevents the use of animals in circus entertainment for all time to come”.

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 independent investigations have also 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 Performing 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 the spirit of 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.

Date : 26 July 2017


16 Complaints Filed Against Illegal Meat Shops in Jaipur in a Month

Jaipur Police, Municipality Commissioner and FSSAI Flooded with Complaints

Jaipur (18th July): Jaipur Police, municipality commissioner and the FSSAI offices are flooded with complaints on the illegal meat shops at Ramg July anj, Malpura Gate, Transport Nagar, Shastri Nagar amongst others. The investigation of these shops, led by the Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (J-FAPO), supported by Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), the Stop Illegal Slaughter campaign has brought to light glaring violations of all rules pertaining to operation of meat shops and the inhumane conditions in which animals are held. A majority of these shops have been found violating the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), and Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. It was observed that birds were cut up before they were even dead; live birds were kept in utmost cramped and unhygienic conditions; large animals were also being slaughtered in shops and the basic paperwork was absent. The investigations were carried out between June and July in 9 major markets where illegal meat shops are prevalent in Jaipur and more than 15 complaints have been filed, basis the above mentioned violations, with both the JMC and the FSSAI.

“Such illegal meat shops are not only cruel to animals, but also a major public health hazard. During our investigations, we saw- Chickens were kept caged with others who were dead and rotting; chickens were openly butchered in front of others lined up for the same fate; no food or water was provided; medical examination before slaughter was absent; children under the age of 18 years were openly employed. Most of them did not even have the basic license from the Municipality”, said Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO.

With the involvement of over 12 local animal rights organisations which make up J-FAPO and FIAPO’s constant efforts to put an end to illegal slaughter shops, we are optimistic that the building pressure on the authorities will force them to take action against these shops. FIAPO hopes that more number of people will speak up against the cruelties of the meat shops and add their voices to the growing movement to ensure that the government can no longer ignore the plight of these helpless animals that suffer needlessly in unacceptable conditions.

Date : 19 July 2017


Animal Rights Movement in Southern India Stronger Than Ever Before

FIAPO Bootcamp 2017- South Zone Kicks Off in Bangalore

Bangalore, July 18, 2017: To enable activists, NGOs and organisations in the south of India to come together as a stronger and a more empowered force, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) successfully conducted the3-day event- FIAPO Bootcamp 2017-South Zone, pertaining to the present needs of animal rights movement in India.

The need for this arose when FIAPO identified that the animal rights community is often well-connected in pockets, but mostly, the vast majority of activists are disconnected and isolated. This impacts the richness of the movement by severely limiting the ability of people to be involved, and leadership development itself is completely ignored.

First out of the four zones of India ( North, South, East and West), the FIAPO Bootcamp-South Zone happened in Bangalore from 14th July-16th July, connecting over 50 activists from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and around. To establish a well networked and informed community, the Bootcamp was divided into 4 main tracks- ABC, Sheltering (small and large animals), First Aid and Rescue of All Animals, Vegan Outreach and Human Education and Law Enforcement.

The highlights of the three day workshop were the open interactive sessions where activists from different regions opined and discussed the issues of fund raising, communications, group development, networking and volunteering. The event, supported by Tata Trusts, was graced by eminent leaders in the animal rights movement of India, like Dr. S.Chinny Krishna and Padma Shri Awardee, Norma Alvares, amongst others, who shared their thoughts and exchanged ideas and viewpoints with the audience. The active participation and enthusiasm made the event a huge success. With the end of the event in the South, FIAPO also announced the opening of registrations for FIAPO Bootcamp 2017-North Zone, to be held from 22nd Sep- 24th Sep 2017(Registrations: http://www.fiapo.org/bootcamp17.php)

According to Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO “It’s immensely gratifying to see so many people coming together across regions, to give impetus and momentum to the animal rights movement in India. The emancipation and active participation points to the fact that people are more open and willing to make positive impact within the animal rights jurisdiction. FIAPOBootcamp 2017-South Zone, proved autonomous and redefined the core values and ethics of the animal rights fraternity and also established solidarity and uniformity across all levels of the animal rights movement in India.

Date : 18 July 2017


India’s Largest Animal Awareness Drive Makes it to the Limca Book of Records

National, July 13th 2017:  From the gullies of Varanasi to the beaches of Chennai – India has been hit by a new wave of activism for animal rights. Led by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) activists reached out to 1.33 Lakh people across 12 cities in 8 weeks-successfully landing their tour-‘The Compassion Cruisade’ in the Limca Book of Records!

The campaign toured Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Chennai. The objective of the movement was to essentially make the people aware of the plight of farmed animals and decrease the consumption of animals from people’s diet.Through the journey, they reached out to people through a variety of methods such as leafleting (distributing literature on animal rights), showing videos on tablets to people, conducting talks and also workshops with volunteers.

 “Most of us interact with animals three times a day, on our plate – we’re out to change that. Living Free, FIAPO’s flagship outreach campaign offers a great entry way to do just that- we’ll keep up the fight till each animal is free’, said Koushik Raghavan, a Living Free activist. Impact measurement studies show that this outreach would have saved 66,500 animals from a life of misery and horror.

“We are delighted at this national recognition of the collective efforts of activists fighting for the rights of millions of animal suffering in cramped, dingy, horrific conditions for food. With this, we hope that the issue will draw more attention and our activists across the country feel more empowered to continue their hard work.” said Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO.

Each year over 56 billion farmed animals are killed for food. This figure does not include sea creatures (including fish) who are not even measured in numbers but in tonnes. This may just be the time to embark on a plant powered lifestyle.

Date : 15 July 2017


Kerala Media to Proactively Pursue Comprehensive Dog-Bite Prevention Initiatives Say Prominent Public Figures in a Workshop with the Media

Trivandrum, 29th June 2017: Prominent public personalities in Kerala- Dr. NN Sasi (Director, Animal Husbandry, Government of Kerala), Mr. Gouridasan Nair (Chief of Bureau, Hindu), Mr. John Mary (Resident Editor, Deccan Chronicle) and Dr. Annie Verghese(PhD in veterinary surgery and senior veterinary surgeon in the Animal Husbandry department) urged the government of Kerala to undertake comprehensive dog-bite prevention measures in addition to Animal Birth Control (ABC). They also urged the media to remain neutral and objective in its reportage of this issue, and invited it to be a part of the solution-finding process.

In a 3-hour long solution-finding workshop before the media, these personalities discussed how people used to co-exist with street animals earlier, and the cultural and social factors that played a part in changing that. The government representative also spoke of various initiatives that are being undertaken in the state to counter human-dog conflict, and discussed the details of their ABC programme. They also spoke of initiatives other than ABC that ought to be implemented simultaneously – such as education programmes on dog-bite prevention in schools, vaccination of street dogs against rabies, and counseling of dog-bite victims. Most importantly, they emphasized the responsibility of the
media to cover both sides of the issue in an objective an unbiased manner, and to proactively be a part of the solution.

Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO, said “FIAPO is honored to have organised such a workshop in Kerala. It brings the much-needed voices of public figures to the forefront of this issue. A holistic resolution of the street dog issue needs to include education and awareness in schools, vaccination of street-dogs against rabies and counseling of dog-bite victims in hospitals and affected communities. FIAPO has proposals for
the same at different stages with the government, and we are very glad that prominent personalities from Kerala are also actively speaking up about the issue. With this workshop, we hope the media will track the progress of these solutions and give them adequate coverage as well”.
At the moment, there are several initiatives that are in progress for combating human-dog conflict.

Animal Birth Control (ABC) is conducted by the government at the district level, along with vaccination against rabies. An exclusive vaccination programme for street dogs has been started by the Trivandrum Corporation. Local NGOs have also organized successful adoption drives for street dogs, which shows that the people of Kerala do enjoy the companionship that desi dogs provide. These along with the FIAPO’s initiatives of education in all schools, and counseling of dog-bite victims make for a comprehensive list of initiatives to manage human-dog conflict.

Date : 29 June 2017


Jaipur Food Safety Department to Crack Down on Illegal Meat Shops

Jaipur, 3rd June 2017: Thousands of animals suffering in meat shops and slaughterhouses in Jaipur have a new ray of hope, as the Jaipur Food Safety Commissionerhas promised to work with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation to curb illegal meat shops in the city. Following the complaints by Jaipur Federation of Animal Protection Organisations (J-FAPO), the Food Safety Department will be taking action to curb unlicensed meat shops.

During a meeting with the Food Safety Commissioner of Jaipur, it was recognized that no meat shop in Jaipur has the mandatory license from the food safety department. Mr. V.K. Mathur, Commissioner FSSAI Rajasthan, has agreed to lead the regulatory process of these illegal establishments by involving the Nagar Nigam and police as well. A joint team comprising the 3 bodies is likely to be formed soon.

J-FAPO, the network of 7 animal rights organisations in the city, has been addressing the issue of illegal housing and killing of animals with their Stop Illegal Slaughter campaign since 2015. In a meeting between J-FAPO and the Food Safety Department at C scheme this Wednesday (31st May, 2017), the federation highlighted the violations of the Food Safety Act and guidelines by meat shops across the city. They appealed to the department to take immediate action on the same, which was met with a positive response. The meeting was attended by:

 V.K. Mathur- Commissioner FSSAI Rajasthan
 Aditya Atreya- Additional Director
 Narrotam Sharma- Chief Medical Health Officer -Jaipur-1
 Pravin Aswal- Chief Medical Health Officer- Jaipur-2

Mr. Mathur also assured that citizen’s complaints on the matter will be taken seriously and action will be initiated against erring meat shops. At present, killing of any animal is prohibited in any place other than the designated slaughterhouse in Chainpura. However, illegal slaughter of animals continues to take place in the city with Hasanpura, Malpura Gate, Amrapali/Karni Place, Ajmeri Gate, Shashri Nagar, Ramganj, Ghat Gate, Transport Nagar, Amaa Garh and Jhotwara being hubs of such activities.

Abhishek Singh, coordinator of J-FAPO, said “We are immensely encouraged by the response of the food safety department today. Our campaign to Stop Illegal Slaughter in the city has been active since 2015 when we had got the Nagar Nigam to shut down some illegal meat shops. However, they have sprung back up, due to lack of vigilance. Now with the involvement of all government bodies involved, we are hopeful that the action taken will be permanent”.

Mr. Mathur, while recognizing the need to create awareness among the masses about unhygienic meat, expressed that he did not have budget for the same. J-FAPO will now pitch in and work with local RWAs and citizen’s clubs to create widespread awareness. Laaj Jain, coordinator of J-FAPO, added “We urge the citizens of Jaipur to be proactive and recognize the cruelty and danger of unhygienic meat. We have observed and recorded that many shops keep dead and alive chickens together in the same cage. While some birds have their feet cut off while still alive. J-FAPO appeals to them to report any such illegal shops to the food safety department on their helpline at- 1800112100”.

Citizens can also complain on the Whatsapp Number- 9868686868, or reach them on twitter- twitter- @fssaiindia, Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/fssai/ or their mobile app- http://bit.ly/2qIjcIT.

Date : 3 June 2017


Dia Mirza, Bollywood Celebrity, calls for a ban on animal circuses on World Circus Day

New Delhi 20th April: Animals suffering in circuses have a fresh ray of hope, with the influential actor Dia Mirza now supporting their freedom. On the occasion of World Circus Day on 15 April, Dia wrote to the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change asking to impose a ‘complete and immediate end’ to the use of all animals in circuses.

The letter from the famous actor of the vibrant entertainment industry 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.”

Supporting the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), which has been campaigning for the freedom of these abused animals, Dia said “I express my support to their 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.”

Arpan Sharma, Director of the Federation said “On World Circus Day, it is heartening to see the entertainment industry dissociating itself from cruelty to animals. We commend and thank Dia 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. Presently, our request is with the Animal Welfare Division of the ministry, and we hope there will be a decision soon.”

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.

Date : 3 May 2017


Introducing Virtual Reality to Expose the Cruelties of the Indian Dairy Industry

Delhi, 18thApril 2017: Technology is moving at an unprecedented rate today. To utilize the advancement in science, FIAPO launched Virtual Reality to the animal rights realm recently to expose the reality of the dairy industry. Through this innovative means of outreach in 7 cities across India, FIAPO was able to spread awareness on the lives of millions of suppressed dairy animals.

The reality of the dairy industry is not a happy cow giving away her milk for human consumption. It is the opposite of that- practices such as Khal Bachcha- stuffed head of a dead calf; Oxytocin injections- to increase milk production and stimulate let down once the calf is dead; Artificial Insemination- unnatural impregnation of cattle by untrained staff, without anesthesia;are only few of the atrocities of the dairy industry. Once the cow or buffalo ‘dries up’, she is either abandoned or sent for slaughter or spends the rest of her life in a Gaushala with hundreds of other used and abused animals

On 12th April 2017, 27 cities across India came together to celebrate the 4th Day of Living Free, which is the anniversary for the #LivingFree Movement in India. To sensitize people to the cruelties behind dairy, activists across India conducted outreach by means of VR in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Lucknow and Bangalore. With the launch of Virtual Reality in outreach, FIAPO strives to educate people of the atrocities towards dairy animals in tabelas and commercial dairies. By showing people the unseen cruelty by means of an impactful experience, the probability of consumers choosing plant-based alternatives increases manifold.

The aim of the #DontGetMilked campaign is to help people make informed choices about the food that they eat, as well as the medical and ethical benefits of a cruelty-free, plant-based diet.

“The disconnect that people have from their food is increasing at an alarming rate – people are largely unaware of what’s inside their food, not to mention the unspeakable horrors that animals undergo to land up on someone’s plate. Through Virtual reality, we aim to provide a more immersive experience to the consumers, about the horrors of commercial dairies and tabelas.” said Varda Mehrotra, Director, FIAPO.
The campaign aims to expose the not so healthy side of consuming dairy, and puncture the bubble which the dairy industry has so fondly gifted to its consumers.

Date : 18 Apr 2017


Aiming for a Rabies Free Kerala!

Trivandrum, 9th March 2017: As part of Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations’ (FIAPO) Rabies Free Kerala movement, a statewide study named A dog’s life, was released today. The study shows that more than 85% of people in Kerala believe that street dogs make wonderful pets. In fact 90% of the respondents claimed improper disposal of garbage and dumping of waste by illegal slaughterhouses to be the leading causes of increase in street dog numbers.

The study further shares that the only solution to man-dog conflict lies in scientific methods of ABC-AR, solid waste management and education-awareness. Almost all people believe that killing of dogs is not a solution and that any such acts need to be stopped immediately.

In the statement given to the press, Varda Mehrotra, Director FIAPO said “we are extremely pleased to see the state wide acceptance and regard for our Rabies Free Kerala movement. We have worked extensively with local NGOs and Municipal Corporations to create awareness about sterilization being the only scientific and humane choice of animal population control. We are happy to see the positive results from our systematic focus on implementation of the ABC programme in the state and appeal to municipal bodies to take the lead on this movement. Our study has revealed that the public at large in Kerala is tolerant and accepting of street dogs and wants a humane solution to any conflict, which is also our focus.”

FIAPO also released a progress report on the initiatives taken up for management of the human-dog conflict in the state. The activities include long term and short term solutions like systematic sterilization of street dogs, vaccination against rabies, awareness on dog bite prevention, effective management of solid waste and prompt resolution of cruelty cases.

Speaking on the occasion, FIAPO representative Lakshmi Venkataraman said “The people of Kerala want a peaceful and scientific resolution to the perceived man-dog conflict. We have received positive feedback form the Suchitwa Kerala mission, IVA Kerala and Kerala Government Veterinary Officers’ Association (KGVOA). We believe in following the law of the land and feel that only ABC and ARV can prove to be a long-term solution to the current situation in Kerala. In the last few months, I have borne witness to the commendable work done by some district administrations and I am pleased to share that more districts have started the process of implementing the ABC programs systematically in coordination with the Animal Husbandry departments. I would also like to make a special mention of Kollam, that has done particularly well for the implementation of the ABC programme and I call upon other local bodies to follow their model.”

In the last two months, Rabies Free Kerala has witnessed tremendous on-ground activity in Kerala towards dog bite prevention education and sterilization-vaccination of street dogs. There have been numerous vaccination and sterilization drives, dog bite prevention awareness drives and arrangements have been made to implement ABC programmes in a robust manner, in partnership with local NGOs, municipal bodies and the animal husbandry department under the SAFE Kerala programme.

Rabies Free Kerala campaign has garnered immense support in Kerala in the past few months with local authorities, political leaders, influencers and NGOs coming together to ensure that there is a harmonious dog-human relationship. Minister for Urban Development and MLA Kattakada, along with Municipal corporations of Calicut, Kollam, Kannur, Palakkad have joined the movement.

Moreover, the movement has seen extensive support from the Zila Panchayats of Neyyatinkara, Malayinkeezhu, Patanamthitta; in addition to Indian Vet Association, Kerala Government Veterinary Officers’ Association and Sujithwa Kerala Mission. Moreover, 12 local Kerala animal NGOs (Daya (Muvattupuzha), SPCA Kochi, Forest Association, Beauty without Cruelty, Care for Animals, Dhyan Foundation, PFA Trivandrum, Street Dog Watch (Kovalam), PFA Kollam, SPCA Kollam, PAWS Thrissur and University of Veterinary Sciences, Wayanad have also joined the movement.

Representatives of the Federation, Ms Lakshmi Venkataraman and Mr. Ramadas M K were present at the conference

Date : 20 March 2017


PRESSURE MOUNTS TO END USE OF ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

New Delhi, 16th march 2017 : In a latest development to FIAPO’s EndCircusSuffering campaign letters of protest are pouring in from all over the country and abroad to the office of Mr. Anil Madhav Dave, the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to stop the abuse of animals in circuses. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) has united over 100 national and international animal protection organisations including the Asia for Animals coalition, the Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and other giants in animal rights.

FIAPO’s End Circus Suffering Campaign has highlighted cruelty to animals in Indian circuses and helped rehabilitate more than 170 animals so far. The campaign has worked with more than 43 organisations and 120 activists in 16 states so far, to develop a complete picture of the abuse of animals in circuses. The demand for an end on animal circuses comes in the wake of the discovery of abysmal conditions in which animals are kept, transported and trained. All these findings are presented in FIAPO’s report named ‘End Circus Suffering’. Prominent national organisations like Thane SPCA, CUPA, Blue Cross of Hyderabad and HAS have joined the letter writing campaign.

In their letters, the organisations, many of whom have facilitated legislation for protection of circus animals and their rescue in the past, have noted that “The sight of animals performing degrading ‘tricks’ sends completely the wrong message to the general public. At a time when we are all keen to see the better treatment of animals in India, the message from circuses is that animals are there only for our entertainment and we don’t need to consider their welfare. That, especially for young people, is a deeply damaging message which we should be taking bold steps to curtail. We can do that by finally banishing the use of animals in circuses forever.”
Acknowledging the massive support, FIAPO director Arpan Sharma said “This coming together of organisations for a common cause of ending cruelty to circus animals only goes on the re-iterate how the people all over the world feel about it. Circus animals are mistreated extensively and it is only right to put an end to this cruelty. We at FIAPO are happy that all these organisations believe in the work we have done so far and join hands with us to further the movement. We hope that we will be able to further strengthen our voice and reach the right people, who will hopefully listen to us and agree to stop this cruelty.”

Brutality to animals in circuses is not unknown. Various courts throughout the country have ordered seizures of animal from circuses on grounds of cruelty and violations of the law. Further, forest departments and police departments at various locations have had to seize animals on similar grounds. In fact, the CZA and AWBI have cancelled licenses of numerous circuses for repeated violation of rules in the past. FIAPO along with all other organisations would like to urge the ministry to stop the unacceptable and mindless suffering of animals in cages and in the ‘entertainment’ ring.

FIAPO is the collective voice of the animal rights movement in India, it is the catalyst which protects the rights and interests of animals on local, regional and national levels – through education, research, lobbying, mobilization, networking, training and direct action. For the movement, by the movement: FIAPO was created by visionaries in the animal rights movement who saw the strength in unifying to realize their dreams of making India a better place for animals.

Date : 16 Mar 2017