This month of November has seen quite a few victories regarding animal welfare around the world. The latest example were the 3 consecutive victories achieved by animal activists in the UK where a greyhound stadium got closed, plans for a beagle breeding factory were demolished and a penguin exhibition was cancelled.
Now we are happy to continue sharing more animal victories.The Animal Welfare Board of India has plans to end the registration of elephants for performances, officially ending elephant show in circuses.
The decision was reached thanks to a 9-month-long investigation by PETA which revealed horrible cruelty in 15 circuses.
PETA India stated: “PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses documented rampant apparent violations of animal-welfare laws, including animals dying from inadequate care, mysteriously ‘going missing’, denied veterinary care for injuries and being handled by drunken staff members.
“Elephants – who roam over vast spaces in the wild and live in complex matriarchal societies – may be snatched from their homes for circuses and forced to spend their lives in chains, in fear of being hit and jabbed.
“Nail-studded sticks and ankuses (metal hooks with sharp, spear-like ends) are some of the weapons typically used to ‘train’ elephants, causing pain, bruises and bloody wounds to the animals’ bodies.”
PETA wrote on their website: “This progressive decision comes as a result of two years of discussions with PETA and its international affiliates and almost 30,000 letters to Polish officials from concerned people through action alerts posted by PETA and its international affiliates.
“Poland’s move means that more than 80 per cent of NATO nations are now training service members without harming any animals, leaving only a handful of countries, including the UK and the US, still shamefully using animals.”And to end such a good week, the Norwegian military said that its troops will from now on adopt a Meatless Mondays policy to make their contribution against global warming.
“It’s a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that’s respectful of the environment,” spokesman Eystein Kvarving told AFP.
The new diet will even include troops serving overseas and it is estimated that this will cut meat consumption by 150 tonnes per year.