SF To Introduce Motion To Ban Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses

Sinn Féin is seeking support for a motion to ban to the use of wild animals in circuses.

Dublin City Councillor, Noeleen Reilly, will seek support for the motion at a meeting being held tonight, 25 July.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, she said: "The use of wild animals in circuses is outdated and cruel. Animals such as elephants, giraffes, tigers, zebra and sea-lions are forced to perform tricks that are completely unnatural to them.

"Some of these animals are chained or caged for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, only to be let out for performances.

"Bans have been implemented in many Europeans countries which is great to see but it has also placed Ireland at risk of becoming a dumping ground for wild animals circuses.

"The recent comments from Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, about banning the use of wild animals is very disappointing and my motion is calling on him to bring in the legislation as soon as possible.

"My motion further calls for land owned by Dublin City Council not to be used for circuses who use wild animals until such a time as legislation is brought in.

"There is a huge opportunity to regulate circuses and revitalise them by having more acts of an artistic nature.

"Anyone that thinks forcing animals to perform tricks under the threat of violence is entertainment is highly misguided."


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