Circus Owners Get Show Cause Notices

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,TNN | Mar 11, 2014

MARGAO: After an inspection of the animals at the Moonlight circus that haven’t been fed properly since March 1, show cause notices were issued to the owners of the circus prior to cancellation of their performing animal registration with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and cancellation of the registration of the circus by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA).

This was in pursuant to complaints filed by Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRCC) and the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO).

After the crime branch arrested the circus owner and five other persons on charges of human trafficking and rape, the animals at the circus were left to starve and were recently shifted to Kudal in Maharashtra.

Puja Mitra, campaign manager, FIAPO, who first took up the issue with the Goa forest department about the welfare of the elephants at the circus site along with the other animals has appealed to the government to set up an animal rescue centre in Goa.

Mitra, who is based in Goa, added that with the creation of rescue centres, the elephants rescued from circuses can live the remainder of their life in natural surroundings without being forced to perform. “While it is cruel for any animal to be used in performance, it is even more so, in the case of the elephant,” added Mitra.

During the inspection of the circus that has four elephants, the AWBI team noted that the animals were also being subjected to cruelty using spiked foot belt to restrict their movement which are banned. Dr R M Kharb, chairman of the AWBI, pointed out that this is in violation of Section 11(1) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and that transportation rules had also been violated.

0724.4 Photo 42 An elephant is tethered by cruel spiked hobbles at the Rambo Circus..JPG-550x0

Please Note: Image of spiked leg holds not from this circus!

Kharb also requested that ‘immediate’ steps be taken to ask the Maharashtra wildlife department to move the wild animals especially the elephants from the Moonlight circus to safe shelters and a final decision about their rehabilitation be taken in due course.

“The effort now should be to remove the animals to safe holdings immediately while the formalities and paper work can continue, otherwise the animals are liable to disappear to unknown places,” said Suparna Ganguly, co-founder trustee of CUPA.

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Tiger Tests Life in Captivity, Chooses Freedom

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A tiger walks into a zoo.

That may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in this case, it’s just the start of an fascinating story. Cats are known for their innate curiosity, and an endangered Bengal tiger in India proved to be no exception.

In April, keepers at India’s Nandankanan Zoo discovered that the wild male tiger had left the forest and — somehow — entered the zoo’s enclosed grounds. The zoo staff had no ideahow the tiger had gotten in, but it didn’t take long to figure out why. By all indications, the lovestruck kitty was attracted to the zoo’s female tiger, which, unsurprisingly, lives in an enclosure.

Concerned by the presence of a dangerous animal wandering the grounds, the zoo prepared a twenty-person team to capture the wild cat before he could attack anyone. However, before the plan was implemented, zookeepers tried a wild idea: opening the female’s cage door.

Amazingly, the wild tiger strolled right in, happy to meet his potential new mate. The zoo staff then found themselves with a new problem on their hands: what to do with the second tiger. The cat, however, had no such worry.

For a month, he made himself at home, availing himself to the free food, shade and sedentary lifestyle that comes with being a captive animal.

But then he apparently got bored.

Tired of life in a cage, the tiger opted to leave the zoo as suddenly as he arrived. Using the same ninja skills that got him into the zoo, he broke out — a feat that should have been impossible. The cat escaped by scaling the zoo’s two-story security wall, an exit that was mostly caught on video, until, like any good escape artist, the tiger severed the camera’s wiring.

“The Central Zoo Authority guidelines prescribe a 16-foot height for enclosure wall, but this enclosure wall was higher,” Chief Wildlife Warden, J D Sharma, told the New Indian Express. “The tiger apparently climbed the walls using the angle irons fitted at 8 feet and 16 feet height to support the structure. There is enough evidence of it walking on top of the wall.”

As for the animal’s current whereabouts, locals say the tiger hasn’t been seen since its prison break, although they believe he may still be in the nearby forests.

Smart kitty.

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3 of 5 newborn lion cubs die due to ‘negligence’

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Three of the five lion cubs, offsprings of an “unwanted fertilisation” in Nandanvan, the Raipur zoo, died within 24 hours of their birth.

While the zoo authorities have denied any negligence in fertilisation or post-birth care, the incident leaves several unanswered questions.

Saraswati, 20, had given birth to five cubs on Wednesday between 3 and 11 pm, but zoo authorities learnt of it only on Thursday morning. Three died on Thursday night, and again the administration came to know about it only on Friday morning.

“Whenever the number of deliveries is more than three, survival rate of cubs goes down. They are unable to get proper nourishment from mother. First milk is very important for developing resistance. But as they were five, they could not get proper amount of milk,” zoo doctor Jaikishor Jadiya told The Indian Express. He cited the post-mortem report that the cub died of “improper nourishment”.

Central Zoo Authority guidelines ask zoos to “limit number of animals of each species by implementing appropriate population control measures like segregation of sexes, vasectomy, tubectomy, etc”. “We take proper measures to segregate lions, males are kept in separate enclosures. This was an accidental breeding,” Jadiya told The Indian Express. Saraswati had given birth to two male and one female cub in January 2010, and according to Jadiya, the two males in her enclosure were still in “sub-adult” stage when they impregnated her.

This was in April this year, but the zoo administration remained unaware of her pregnancy or the delivery date and were caught completely unawares. “It was an exceptional breeding, the male had not reached the adult stage. There is no negligence,” said Chief Conservator of Forests and Wildlife, Anup Srivastava.

Veterinary doctors disagree. “Their argument is nonsense. Full adulthood may come at three years, but there is nothing that proves a lion cannot impregnate before that,” says a doctor who had earlier worked at the zoo.

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STOP elephant abuse : Book Navjot Sidhu, Balbir Punj and Elephant owner – Abhishek Kadyan

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OMG…Have you ever seen so many horses & an elephant surrounded by so many mobs, shouting & screaming? The level of stress must have been so high in the horses & elephant, its a wonder there wasn’t an accident…then who would be to blame?? The animals of course. It’s outrageous to use animals in this type of demonstration!! 


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Online complaint lodged with the Punjab Police bearing No. 442937672, Ministry of Environment and Forest No. MOEAF/E/2012/00182 and with the President of India office No.PRSEC/E/2012/08756.

Past history of elephant abuse by Navjot Singh Sidhu:

1. Protest on elephant ride reported by the Tribune dated June 8, 2006.

2. Elephant ride during filling of nomination for Amritsar seat on April 22, 2009 reported by the Indian Express dated April 23, 2009.
3. Protest reported on elephant ride on December 20, 2011.
4. Protest on elephant ride on June 22, 2012.
It would be pertinent to mention here that the Election Commission of India issued orders on dated November 20, 1997 not to abuse live elephant during elections, hence Sidhu violated these orders.
Navjot Singh Sidhu conviction has been suspended by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India till the disposal of his appeal and we are taking legal opinion to move to the court for reconsideration.
The Chief Wild Life Warden of Punjab, DFO concerned is here by requested to treat this as a notice under section 55 of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 for strict legal action against Navjot Sigh Sidhu, Balbir Punj and so called owners of the abused elephants, they are further advised to issue orders for strict compliance of the Guidelines for care and management of captive elephants issued by the Government of India on January 8, 2008, frame rules and regulations for the national heritage animal of India and ensure the rescue and rehabilitation of captive elephants as per CZA orders.

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