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Leading animal organizations ADI and ARAN welcome ban on animal circuses in Arklow

Posted: 15 November 2013. Updated: 27 June 2014

Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) have welcomed the news that Arklow Town Council has banned animal circuses.

The measure will reportedly ban circuses with wild animals from performing on public land in Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland. Further, the ban prevents such circuses advertising in the town.

ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer “We are delighted that Arklow Town Council has taken a stand against circus animal suffering by banning wild animal circuses from public land and advertising in Arklow. We congratulate Councillor Pat Fitzgerald for tabling the motion, the councillors who voted unanimously to protect animals and the people of Arklow. This ban is part of a larger pattern across Ireland and the rest of the world, as the tide turns against the animal suffering and public safety risks posed by animal circuses. With ARAN, we will continue to champion a ban across Ireland and the UK.”

“This is nothing short of mighty progressive news for animals confined in these outdated menageries”, says ARAN’s John Carmody. “Not only are people voting with their feet and saying no to the use of animals in circuses, towns and boroughs across Ireland are working on introducing similar motions that will get animals out of the chains and cages. We are all for circuses that do not use animals and that certainly is the future, no doubt.”

The significant welfare cost of using animals in circuses has been recognized by local authorities in Ireland, with similar motions to ban wild animal circus acts in Monaghan, Drogheda, Waterford, Wicklow, and Clonakilty (1).

The issue of animal use in circuses has been raised on a national level by ARAN and ADI, which welcomed the recent development that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will “investigate the possibility of an “All-Island” approach to the issue of wild animals in travelling circuses” (2).

There is huge public support for a UK-wide ban on wild animals in circuses and the Coalition Government has published draft legislation with an implementation date of 1 December 2015, with the Welsh Assembly also pledging its support for the ban. In recent months, nationwide bans have been introduced in Colombia and Cyprus.



Media contacts:
Fleur Dawes
Animal Defenders International
Tel: 020 7630 3344 or 07785 552548

John Carmody
Animal Rights Action Network
Tel: +353 (0)87-2391646

Interviews available on request
Film and photographs of animals in UK circuses are available from ADI

(1) Circus bans in Ireland

(2) “All-Island” approach to animal circuses in Ireland welcomed

(3) National restrictions on performing animals in traveling circuses, either wild or all animals, have been enacted in 22 countries, including Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan.

Animal Defenders International
With offices in London, Los Angeles and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

ARAN are Ireland’s national animal rights group, who campaign peacefully against all forms of animal abuse, and work to promote a cruelty-free lifestyle.

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