Applaud Shutdown of Abusive Animal Circus


Target: Vinod Ranjan, Member Secretary, Central Zoo Authority of India

Goal: Praise the rescue of 40 abused and neglected animals from a circus.

Nearly 40 performing animals have been saved from torturous conditions at a zoo in India’s biggest circus rescue operation to date. A camel, four elephants, five horses, 13 dogs, and 16 exotic birds were seized after a months-long investigation revealed ongoing abuse and mistreatment of animals at Moonlight Circus in the Nanded region. The circus has had all its permits revoked, and authorities have already begun transferring the animals to various sanctuaries.

The elephants, named Peanut, Coconut, Mac and Wally, had their hind legs shackled at all times, except during performances. Referred to as the “nut herd,” the intelligent and social animals were deprived of exercise, socialization, and adequate veterinary care. They were fed a poor diet, resulting in weakness and vitamin deficiencies. The creatures were recently transported to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Rescue Center where they will be rehabilitated and allowed to roam.

The investigation found that other animals were subjected to torture despite various government inspectors demanding a change in conditions. They were kept chained, handled roughly by drunken staff, and denied food, water and medical attention. Many animals died due to this ongoing neglect, and those rescued showed signs of extreme psychological distress. The single camel, along with the birds, horses and dogs will be housed in a People for Animals facility until they can be transferred to permanent homes.

This rescue is only the most recent in India’s crackdown on animal cruelty in circuses, zoos, and entertainment venues. Not only have the animals been rescued, but sanctions against the circus owners will prevent them from performing similar acts of cruelty in the future. Sign the petition below to applaud the successful shutdown of India’s Moonlight Circus.


Dear Vinod Ranjan,

India’s Moonlight Circus has had all its permits revoked after nearly 40 abused circus animals were seized from their custody. Four elephants, which were kept constantly shackled, were given to an elephant sanctuary where they will receive intensive rehabilitation. A camel, as well as horses, dogs and birds are currently being housed at a People for Animals facility until they can be re-homed.

This rescue is only the latest in a crackdown against the torture and neglect of animals for entertainment. Thanks to sanctions against the owners, they will be unable to continue operating the cruel circus. We, the undersigned, thank you for bringing justice to the abused Moonlight Circus animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. I’m pleasantly shocked that this occurred in INDIA, of all places! Finally, a circus effectively being shut right down, and a few of a whole string of animals being done right by. Wow…a good news story that actually sounds good ALL OVER!

  2. It’s about time. All Circus should be closed down for good. These beautiful animals shouldn’t have to perform or be abused in any way.

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