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Sea lions to suffer in Duffy’s circus act

15 January 2014

Duffy’s Circus – one of the few circuses still to perform with wild animals in Ireland – has announced plans to introduce a new sea lion act this season. Sea lions are highly intelligent and social...

Arts Council continues to support circus suffering in Ireland

15 January 2014

The Arts Council of Ireland continues to fund animal circuses and has given grants of tens of thousands of Euros each year to Duffy’s Circus, Circus Gerbola and Fossetts Circus. The Council itself receives...

Stop Circus Suffering USA: Circus Animal Control Methods

14 January 2014

One of the great circus myths is that circus animals are trained by kindness and reward, also known as positive reinforcement. Our studies of the training of animals in circuses over the past 15 years...

Stop Circus Suffering USA: Primate Care and Accommodations: US examples

14 January 2014

Primates are highly intelligent, make tools, are arboreal in nature (living mostly in trees) and live in close-knit family groups. Family is important to primates. As their intelligence gives rise to...

Stop Circus Suffering USA: Carnivore Accommodations: US examples

14 January 2014

For circus lions and tigers, home is usually a cage on the back of a truck – around 8 ft wide by 40 ft long. The average space for each animal is about 61/2 ft by 8 ft, barely larger than the animals...

Stop Circus Suffering USA: Browsing and Grazing Animal Care Practices: U.S. examples

14 January 2014

Horses, ponies, camels, llamas and similar animals usually spend their days tied up by short ropes or kept in small stalls. We found that only rarely are these animals provided with exercise enclosures....

Stop Circus Suffering USA: Elephant Accommodations: U.S. examples

14 January 2014

Elephants are designed to travel long distances each day, browse a variety of plants, and have a highly developed social structure. The difficulties of containing large, powerful and potentially dangerous...

Stop Circus Suffering USA: Elephant Animal Care Practices Bailey Brothers Circus

14 January 2014

An ADI field officer worked with Bailey Brothers for two months to gain a picture of the routines for the care of two elephants: Chrissie, a 20-year-old African elephant belonging to Billy Swain, and Boo...

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