Chennai, July 18 (BPNS)
The Coimbatore police have registered a case against Great Bombay Circus for alleged cruelty to dogs and birds. Police registered a case against the Circus company based on a complaint by an animal rights activist,Arun Prasanna. G who is also the founder of the People for Cattle in India (PFCI).
The case has been registered under Sections of the IPC and Prevention of Cruelty against animals.
The complainant said that the circus company in its show at Coimbatore VOC Grounds on July 16th had used 7 dogs, two cockatoos, one macaw and three African grey parrots. Arun Prasanna in the complaint also stated that these animals were used during the 7 pm show on July 16th.
In the complaint, the animal rights activist said that the wings of the birds were found clipped and that they could fly only a few feet which was against its natural movement. He also said that dogs and birds were forced to perform tricks before the audience and that they were in great distress as these were against the natural behaviour of these animals and birds.
Arun Prasanna in the complaint also said that a certificate from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) must be obtained under the Performing Animals( Registration) Rules 2001 for the animals and birds used in circuses.
He also alleged that the circus company has a certificate for dogs issued in the year 2010 and added that it was not sure whether the same dogs were performing even now. He also said that the certificate for birds were issued in 2004.
The People For Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) had earlier filed a complaint against the same company in April 2023 and four exotic birds were confiscated by the Thrissur City Police.