African Grey Parrots Seized from Tarzan Circus by Birbhum Police, Following PETA India Complaint
Birbhum, West Bengal – During a raid late last night of the Tarzan Circus, for forcing animals to perform without a performing animals registration certificate (PARC) and for mutilating birds’ wings to prevent them from flying, Birbhum police and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India representatives seized and rescued three African Grey Parrots. The birds have been shifted to a safe, spacious aviary with the help of the West Bengal Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.
The FIR recorded violations of sections 3 and 11(1)(a) (for causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals, 11(1) (l) (for mutilation of birds), and sections 26 and 38 (for performing unregistered acts/tricks) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. The provisions invoked in the FIR also include Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, for mutilating the birds by clipping their wings to prevent them from flying.
“Today, children are increasingly aware that the use of animals in circuses involves cruelty, and they are choosing other forms of entertainment. If circuses want to remain relevant in 2023, they will modernize and go animal-free, using only willing adult human performers,” says PETA India Manager of Cruelty Response Projects Meet Ashar. “PETA India commends Birbhum police and in particular Sri Dhiman Mitra, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Rampurhat Division for their quick action in rescuing animals from Tarzan Circus.”
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is the prescribed authority under the PCA Act, 1960, and regulates the use of animals for performances in the country. The Tarzan Circus had not registered the animals themselves nor the animal acts with the AWBI.
Several AWBI inspections and numerous investigations by PETA India prove that all animal circuses are cruel. Even in circuses with valid PARCs, animals have been found continuously chained or confined to small, barren cages when not being used for performances. Animals in circuses throughout the country are deprived of adequate veterinary care, food, water, and shelter and often forced to perform tricks through punishment. Many animals in circuses display stereotypic, repetitive behaviour indicative of extreme stress.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
This news release is available in Bengali here.