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Shilpa Shetty gets 'caged' against animal acts in circus

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Mumbai, Apr 26 (UNI) When you plan to watch a circus next time with animal acts, think of the cruelty and ill-treatment meted out to the animals who cannot even voice their agony! This is the message which film actor Shilpa Shetty is trying to convey through her portrait of --crouching sadly in a tiger-stripped outfit in a cage in an advertisement titled 'Beaten, lonely and abused -boycott the circus'.

The advertisement has been produced by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in remembrance of an incident in which 21 animals including sea lions, dogs and cats belonging to a Russian circus were burnt alive here last year.

''By no means was I comfortable during the shoot, crouched in that small cage,'' Shilpa said while reflecting the plight of animals who are caged and released only for a few minutes to be forced to perform tricks in the circus ring.

''The best way to help animals suffering in circuses is to boycott these events,'' she added.

PETA chief functionary Anuradha Sawhney said the advertisement is to raise concern among people who rejoice animal tricks in circus, while being unaware of the ill-treatments they have to face to bring a smile on the face of audience.

Animals do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads or jump through rings of fire, but they are forced to do so, she said and added that despite bearing all the abuses, their basic needs of clean water, food and proper veterinary care are also not taken care of in circuses.

Ms Sawhney said use of animals for entertainment has already been restricted or banned in Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark and England. ''Several local governments in the US have also banned exotic animal acts, and if these places can move towards animal free circuses, then what can't India,'' she remarked.

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