Chandigarh: Despite the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals Act, 1960, to prevent the unnecessary pain or suffering of animals because of various factors, including lack of proper rehabilitation, a ban is not implemented properly as a ‘madari’ performing street plays with two monkeys was found in Sector 27 here on Friday.
Raju, a ‘madari’, a resident of Colony 4, Chandigarh, said, “I brought these monkeys from Hardwar in 2010 when these were too small and I trained them for the street plays. Now they can perform various activities like dance, drama and rope climbing perfectly and also understand my commands. Even I don’t want to use any animal in the street shows, but with no choice I am helpless for the sake of money for survival.”
When asked, an official said, “We have taken many steps against the ‘madaris’ using animals in their act which is illegal and against the law. Ignoring the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals Act is an offence and if any defaulter is found a strict action would be taken against him.”
Meanwhile, not only monkeys but other animals like elephants, birds, horses and camels are also being used. These animals and birds are locked in cramped cages and chains. Trainers also use tools like electric prods and heated rods on the animals to make them perform the activities they wanted.