The call for a ban on animal circuses in Ireland

By guest writer and CAPS Volunteer, Sarah Ogilvie

The Irish public have been extremely vocal of late, speaking out against the arrival of animal Circus Belly Wien, in association with Circus Renz International, who started their Irish tour in Mullingar, County Westmeath, after leaving Holland after the use of animals in performance was banned there.

Included in the live cargo of 65 animals, three elephants made a gruelling 500 mile journey, including around 20 hours aboard a ferry, journeying to Ireland from the Netherlands, where wild animal acts are now prohibited. This makes the Netherlands the ninth EU country to effectively introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, yet Ireland (and it’s neighbour the UK) still lag behind. After arrival on Irish soil, the elephants were subsequently paraded around some of the towns they were due to perform in, causing concern for local residents and from animal welfare gorups alike.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has launched a campaign to ban wild animals in circuses, called the Big Stop Campaign. Public opinion in Ireland is steadily swinging against this outdated form of entertainment, as more and more publicity makes it to mainstream news.

But the lack of regulation still lets these circuses into Ireland, despite recent events in which circus protesters were allegedly attacked by circus workers whilst demonstrating outside the circus. Twelve Irish local authorities have introduced bans on the use of council land by circuses using some or all animals, but unless a full ban is introduced which prevents the use of wild animals in circuses altogether, business will continue.  

Whats more, fears are growing that Ireland will fast become a dumping ground for wild animal circuses as more EU countries introduce a ban, so urgent action is needed now to prevent that from happening. We need to make it unfeasible for animal circuses to continue at all in the EU and to support sanctuaries who will take in the animals.

Many animals in circuses spend their lifetimes in suffering for the personal profit of companies. There is no place for such ‘entertainment’ in the civilised society of the 21st century. Let’s support Ireland and work towards a future where acts forcing frightened and overwhelmed animals to perform are where they belong, in the past.

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