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Jumbos and Jumping DevilsA Social History of Indian Circus$
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Nisha P R

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780199496709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199496709.001.0001

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Animals, Circus, and the State

Animals, Circus, and the State

(p.82) 2 Animals, Circus, and the State
Jumbos and Jumping Devils

Nisha P R

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Wild animals have always been an indispensable part of circus around the world. This chapter traces their trajectory from the ‘wild’ to the ‘submissive’. It also discusses in detail the attitudes of the colonial and post-colonial states towards animals in general and the changes over the period in relation to circus animals. This section examines such statist double standards focusing at the ban of wild animals in Indian circus by the environment ministry, which proved to be fatal to both circus people and the animals. This chapter also explores how the present ‘conservation’ ideas excludes and thus jeopardizes certain historical practices of animal taming, training, and performance.

Keywords:   Animal Ban, Law, Zoo, Animal Rights, Human Animal Relationship, Cruelty, Damoo Dhotre

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