DCC Vote To Ban Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses

Dublin City Council (DCC) has voted to ban the use of wild animals in circuses on council land, Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly has reported.

The council voted to support Councillor Reilly's motion at a meeting on Monday night, 25 July.

The council also agreed to call on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to introduce legislation to ban wild animal circuses from the state entirely.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Reilly said: "I am delighted my motion was passed. This is a cruel outdated practice that holds no place in modern Ireland.

"Training and torturing animals to perform tricks for our entertainment in an unnatural environment is inhumane and degrading.

"Not only that but animals are chained or caged for up to 24 hours a day and are only let out to perform.

"I want to commend all the local Authorities who have passed similar motions to date and now call on the Minister to listen to what the councils are telling him and to ban this practice from the state immediately.

"I also want to thank the ISPCA and Animal Rights Action Network who have championing this issue for years and have brought to much public awareness to this campaign."


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