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AFTER A gap of almost a month, city-based Rambo Circus is about to get its animals back that were confiscated on May 26, thanks to an order passed by the Judicial Magistrate, First Class, District Pune, on Monday, under which the Rambo Circus will be given an interim custody of the seized animals.
Though AWBI had sought the permission to return the animals in one week’s time, the court ordered it to do so latest by Wednesday, June 22, before 1 pm.
The judgment has come with a few conditions. The applicant (Rambo Circus) shall execute for Bond of Rs 20 lakhs for production of the animals; It shall keep the animals in a suitable place and good conditions; Shall cause medical examination of the animal by the veterinary doctor as per rules; Shall not cause the animals to perform till further order; Shall produce the animals before the court or any authority as and when directed by the court; Shall follow/comply the Performing Animals Registration Rules, 2001 and the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act. The judgment also ordered the AWBI to co-operate with the investigating officer to comply with the order.
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“I am very happy that truth has prevailed and justice has been done. We are happy that we are going to get our animals back. But before taking them back, we would like to get them examined by a few government-authorised veterinarians. They had kept the animals almost for a month in a rescue centre alongside several other animals. I’m just hoping all my animals are fine and haven’t caught any infections or diseases,” said Sujith Dilip, Rambo Circus owner’s son.
On May 26, the Sangvi police had confiscated 22 animals of Rambo Circus after the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) received complaints from a few NGOs about Rambo Circus violating the PCA Act. Among the 22 animals that were confiscated included four elephants, three horses, one pony and 14 dogs. The elephants and dogs have been kept at ResQ centre, near Bavdhan, and the horses and the pony are with the NGO Animal Rahat.