Applaud Shutdown of Abusive Circuses


Target: Dr. D.N. Singh, Member Secretary of the Central Zoo Authority

Goal: Thank the Central Zoo Authority for canceling recognition of 21 circuses that abuse animals.

The Central Zoo Authority in India has canceled recognition for 21 circuses across the country, which means these circuses will no longer be able to use animals in their shows. Only one circus, Ajanta Circus, is still allowed to have wild animals, and it is under close scrutiny. The Central Zoo Authority has also directed the Chief Wildlife Wardens in each of India’s states to personally oversee the rehabilitation of the circuses’ elephants. This will ensure the abused elephants get the help they need.

This monumental decision came after the Central Zoo Authority commissioned photographs and videos of circuses across the country, which revealed rampant, horrific abuse. Animals were shown being tortured to get them to perform and crippled animals were forced to entertain guests. It was also discovered that animals were burned with hot pokers during their training, and they were tied up for days without any food or water. These horrific acts and more led to the decision to cancel the recognition of circuses across India.

Removing wild animals from the majority of circuses is a huge step forward for animal rights in India. Sign this petition to thank the Central Zoo Authority for not allowing the circus industry to continue to abuse innocent animals.


Dear Dr. Singh,

I’m writing to thank you for canceling the recognition of 21 circuses across India. I also applaud your decision to have Chief Wildlife Wardens personally oversee the rehabilitation of abused elephants. With your decision, these animals will be able to live out of the rest of their lives without fear of abuse.

Recent photographs and videos exposed horrific abuse in circuses across India. It was revealed that circus employees forced crippled animals to perform, burned them with hot pokers, and tied them up without food or water for days on end. Now, thanks to you, these circuses will no longer be able to use abused animals as entertainment.

Thank you for standing up for circus animals in India. Now, I urge you to continue closely monitoring the one remaining circus for future signs of animal abuse.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Katherine Johnson

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  1. Sheila Coles says:

    iIn this world of vile cruelty towards animals,it’s a pleasure to sign this petition to say a massive thank you for stopping circuses from using animals.Please close the last one down and let every elephant live the life they rightly deserve.

  2. Its good they’ve banned animal use in circuses in India, but what happens to the animals?

    Apparently the elephants will be OK, but what about the others????

  3. Jenell Knowles says:

    Thank you for agreeing to save the lives. It broke my heart to hear of the abuse they felt. We will all have to answer one day for our actions.

  4. annie vallet says:

    Bravo and thank you on behalf of the animals

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