Friday, October 21, 2011

Blind hippo in Jumbo Circus draws animal activist’s ire

Panipat, October 21
The use of a blind hippo at Jumbo Circus here has invited a sharp reaction from representatives of the International Organisation for Animal Protection (OPIA), an NGO associated with the UN Department of Information and the Haryana People for Animals, who have demanded action against owners of the circus.

Naresh Kadyan, Indian representative of the OPIA, said a criminal case should be registered against the owners of the circus for violating various laws enacted to save animals.

Kadyan, who submitted a written complaint to the district police, stated that an FIR be registered against managing partners of the circus, Ajay Shankar and Ashok Shankar, for violating Sections 3, 11 and 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, read with the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and Sections 428 and 429, IPC.

He said showing no sensitive towards the blind hippo, the owners were using it to entertain public and earn money. He claimed that the hippo was being subjected to cruelty along with the elephants owned by the circus as the mahouts used force to make the elephants perform unusual stunts even it was banned by the Rajasthan High Court. Kadyan also sought that the authorities should immediately initiate measures to rescue the animals, which were being tormented for money. He said they had even got in touch with the authorities in Rohtak, where this circus had put up its base before shifting to Panipat, for registration of a case against the owners.

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