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How activist pressure caused this big Indian company to stop promoting circus animals

BookMyShow, the largest ticketing portal in India, has pledged to stop selling tickets for circuses that feature animals.

The move follows a consistent campaign by PETA India.

Along with the social media posts, the animal rights organization placed a billboard outside the company’s offices in Mumbai asking it to stop supporting circuses that use animals to to entertain.

PETA notes that BookMyShow has verbally confirmed that it will now introduce a new policy against the use of circus animals.

Vets call for rule change on circus animals in India

In 2018, rules were drafted in India that would ban the use of circus animals in India. But the ban is still pending, reports The Hindu.

In January, 100 vets across the country petitioned Parshottam Rupala, an Indian politician who is Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, asking that the ban be upheld.

India is home to several circuses that involve animals. One of them is Rambo Circus, which PETA says is run by an owner who has been arrested for violating animal welfare laws in the past.

No longer force animals to do tricks

BookMyShow used to sell tickets to Rambo and similar circuses, but not anymore. Poorva Joshipura, director of PETA India, said in a statement that PETA “commends” the platform for its “commitment to animal welfare”.

“We eagerly await the official company policy,” they continued. They said animals are often “caged, chained and forced to do tricks” in circuses. They added that they lived “all their lives under the threat of punishment”.

Elsewhere in the United States, the infamous circus Ringling Bros. recently announced their return. After years of accusations that he exploited and abused animals for entertainment, he confirmed that his new performances would only involve humans.