New Delhi [India], January 29 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the Central government and others on a plea seeking to immediately trace the missing 14 animals of a Kolkata-based circus company named circus">Ajanta Circus.
A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli asked Centre, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and others to file reply on the petition and listed the matter for February 25.
The court was hearing a plea filed by PETA India seeking direction to the respondent to immediately trace the missing 14 animals of the respondent and thereafter seize, confiscate and permanently rehabilitate them to sanctuaries, or rehabilitation centres in case of elephants, horses, camels, birds and other animals and adopted to caring homes, in case of dogs.
It also sought a direction to the respondent to immediately seize and confiscate the performing animals at the premises of the respondent Great Bombay Circus, Rambo Circus, Empire Circus and The Great Indian Circus and thereafter permanently rehabilitate them to sanctuaries, or rehabilitation centres in case of elephants, horses, camels, birds and other animals and adopted to caring homes.
PETA India lawyer Aman Hingorani, Himanshu Yadav and Swati Sumbly has submitted that as per affidavit filed by AWBI, it is evidently clear that even the six functional circuses have
been "ill-treating" the performing animals, including employing its aged animals (ought to have been retired) for performance or probably using unregistered young animals in the name of the registered old one.
The petitioner submitted that in view of the facts, there is an immediate need to seize and rescue the performing animals with the functional six circuses and to permanently rehabilitate them to sanctuaries, or rehabilitation centres, as the case be. (ANI)