Snakes Abused during Dance Performances

In Kerala, the festival season is often a period of cruelty to snakes and other animals, used as props. A number of cinematic dance troupes use snakes on stage shows. Various troupes compete on their variety of snakes available to exhibit. The snakes are denied food and water, and are exposed to intense light on-stage.

PFA brought this to the notice of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life) in March, 2005. The Forestry Department immediately issued a press notification banning the use of snakes on stage. Later, the captive snakes were rescued and released to the forests.