To, June 16, 2012. 1. The Commissioner of Police, Nagpur. 2. The DCP, Zone-2, Nagpur. 3. The Police Inspector, Sadar Police Station, Nagpur. Subject: FIR against Shri Chandrakant P Gadge and others for the violation of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 read with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 / IPC 420, 120-B. Sir, The Animal Welfare Board of India direct the District Collector, Nagpur to investigate the matter on the complaint lodged by the founder Chairman, PFA Haryana Naresh Kadyan, representative of the UN affiliated OIPA in India against the AFRO RUSSIAN Amar Circus performing in Nagpur. As per AWBI directions, a team was constituted and inspection was made on June 9, 2012: As per reports only one female elephant with out ownership and female hippo was found blind, no full time Veterinarian appointed, no tranquilizer gun with other necessary equipment was reported along with the micro chipping to the elephants, where were the rest of three elephants, report is silent on this issue, no pre transport permit as required under section 96 of the Cattle Transport Rules, 1978 amended in 2001 was obtained by the AFRO RUSSIAN Amar Circus, it is confirmed that publicity materials and advertisement in Danik Bhaskar was given under above mentioned name by this circus instead of Amar Circus. The female hippo is blind and this animal can’t perform, where as after inspection again the tainted circus issued fresh advertisement, which was published in Danik Bhaskar June 16, 2012 BLIND HIPPO performance was shown and AFRO RUSSIAN words were deleted. AWBI issued performing animal registration for the following animal and birds in the name of Mr. Vickey Raj on 23-9-2004: Elephant – 4, Horses – 6, Dogs – 12, Hippo – 1, Parrots – 10, Camels – 4, Bull – 1, where as 3 - Elephants, 1- Bull, 1- Camel are missing and present circus owner are Mr. Chandrakant P Gadge / Neeraj C Gadge, Plot No. 151, Narendranagar, Nagpur. It is confirmed that sale purchase was taken place with out the consent of the AWBI / CZA and elephant can’t be traded at all, which is an offense under the law of the land, female elephant doesn’t belongs to Mr. Chandrakant P Gadge and others, they are having this female elephant in their illegal possession, where as the proof of burden on the accused instead of prosecution for the violation of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. No scheduled one wild animal elephant was declared by them as required under the Declaration of Wild Life Stock Rules, 2003. Camels are being shifted from one place to another for profit in goods transport vehicles in sitting leg tied position and animal travel under very heavy stress, pain and injury, where as shifting camels and elephants in a goods transport vehicle is also an offense under the Motor Vehicle legislations. Blind female Hippo was also transported in sub standard cages, violated the defined specifications under law. It would be pertinent to mention here that inbreeding is banned under the Recognition of Zoo Rules but inbreeding was regularly on, where as the captive elephants should be rescued from the Zoo, as per the Central Zoo Authority of India and circuses covered under the definition of Zoo. Hence you are humbly requested to lodge an FIR against all offenders, such as the owners of the circus, promoter and traders for the violation of the: 1. Section 3, 11 and 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. 2. Section 38-H, 39, 40, 43, 44, 49, 51 and 63 of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. 3. IPC 420, 120-B. 4. The Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001. 5. The Declaration of Wild Life Stock Rules, 2003. 6. The Cattle Transport Rules, 1978 amended in 2001. It is further requested to: 1. Restrict the performance of all abused performing animals. 2. Restrict the movement of all abused performing animals from Nagpur. 3. Confiscate the blind female hippo for her rehabilitation, treatment, care and shelter. 4. Confiscate the unregistered, unwanted animals and birds from circus custody. 5. The record of circus is checked, such as sales, entertainment tax payment and donation paid. 6. The Captive Elephant be confiscated and rehabilitated as per CZA guidelines. All the relevant correspondences along with the inspection reports are attached here with for ready references. Sincerely yours, Naresh Kadyan, Representative of the UN affiliated OIPA in India – www.oipa.org C-38, Rose Apartment, sector-14, Prashant Vihar, Rohini, DELHI – 110085. Cc for information and necessary action to: 1. The Director, Animal Welfare Division, Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi. 2. The Member Secretary, CZA, New Delhi. 3. The Chairman, AWBI, Chennai. 4. The Additional Director, WCCB, Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi.