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Ards Borough Council in Northern Ireland ban animal circus acts

Posted: 3 October 2014

ADI and ARAN have applauded Ards Borough Council for its decision to take a stand against circus suffering and ban travelling circuses with performing animals from public land.

The decision, passed today, is the result of a merger between Ards Borough Council and North Down Borough Council which already has a similar ban in place.

Over 200 local authorities in the UK have prohibited wild or all animal acts on public land, with over XX in Northern Ireland. Worldwide, 27 countries have introduced prohibitions on the use of animals in circuses.

Although Britain looks set to ban wild animal acts nationwide in the near future, the situation in Northern Ireland is uncertain, although it is likely that an ‘all-island approach’ will be adopted.

Our utmost thanks to Ards Borough Council for setting a great example to other councils – one by one communities across the UK are saying no to circus suffering.

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