Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

ADI response to news of escaped elephant in Ireland

Posted: 29 March 2012

Following the Irish Examiner report about an elephant that had escaped from Courtney Brothers’ circus, ADI’s response to this incident is as follows:

"This is a prime example as to why wild animals should be banned from circuses, as it clearly demonstrates how public safety, and that of the animals, can so easily be compromised.

"Fortunately no one was harmed this time, but the situation could have so easily been very different. The keepers had clearly lost control of the elephant.

"It is time to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, in the interests of animal welfare and public safety. This serious safety breach provides the Government with further firm evidence of the need to press ahead with an outright ban, rather than a system of licensing.”

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of Animal Defenders International

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