Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



So many wonderful victories have happened this year for circus animals. First, Los Angeles announced its ban of bullhook usage on elephants, then the UK announced its amazing ban on ALL wild animals in circuses (to go into effect in 2015), and soon after the region of Catalonia, Spain declared that it would also look into banning the use of animals in circuses.

Now, India has stepped up to the plate and has banned the use of elephants in circuses!

A nine-month investigation conducted by PETA India and Animal Rahat spurred the change of heart.

The collected footage and documentation was presented to the Animal Welfare Board of India, who voted to “stop registration of elephants for performances under the Performing Animals Rules” due to the cruelty and abuse they suffered, as reported by the Times of India.

The investigation examined 15 different circuses and documented rampant violations of India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1960) and the Performing Animals Rules and the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) that ranged from animals dying due to poor or nonexistent care to the use of “nail-studded sticks and ankuses (metal hooks with sharp, spear-like ends)” for training the elephants, reports PETA.

Bollywood stars helped to amplify the campaign to end this abuse including John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty, Vijender Singh and Wayne Parnel.

Abraham wrote a letter to the Indian government stating, “Unlike human performers, animals are forced to entertain through the use of fear, pain or hunger” – a statement that is all too true for circuses around the globe.

A complete ban on all animals in circuses is planned as the next course of action for PETA India and Animal Rahat. According to the Times of India, the groups’ findings will be sent to the Central Zoo Authority for further action.

Let’s hope that a total ban of circus animals in Indian will soon be reached. In the mean time, bravo, India, and thank you!

Image source: Nazim Uddin / Flickr

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Miami Club Owner Buys Horse Who Was Dragged Onto Dance Floor and Gives Her a New, Happy Life!

New South Korean Constitutional Amendment That Covers Animal Rights Could Lead to the End of the Dog Meat Trade!

If Americans Switched From Meat-Heavy to Plant-Based Diet, It Would Be Equivalent to Taking 660 Million Cars Off the Road

55 Cats Up for Adoption After Being Locked in a Filthy Apartment for Years

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

38 comments on “Huge Victory! India Bans Elephants from Circuses”

Click to add comment
I Wear Positive
4 Years Ago

That is wonderful!

Maryan Ramirez
4 Years Ago

way to go India now hope it spreads to other nations

Tammi Hamilton
4 Years Ago


Christine N Robinson
4 Years Ago

India has recognized dolphins as non-human persons.

Chris de Jonge
4 Years Ago

What about from unethical tourism?

Nonamaé Satya
4 Years Ago


Alexa Townsend
4 Years Ago

Excellent news!

Clare Townsend
4 Years Ago

GOOD NEWS! And a step in the right direction!

Lucy Manser Venables
4 Years Ago


Isis Blossom
4 Years Ago

It's a good thing


Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×