THE DECISION by Wicklow Town Council to ban circuses with wild animals and advertising of same in the town has been warmly welcomed by animal rights group, ARAN.
The decision which came on foot of a notice of motion laid down by Cllr. Pat Kavanagh of the Fis Nua Party saying ' that, in light of the well documented evidence of welfare issues and suffering by animals involved, Wicklow Town Council supports the introduction of by-laws or other measures which would ensure that circuses which use wild animals are prohibited from performing or advertising in any part of this local authority area'.
The advertising ban on the promotion of circuses containing wild animals is believed to be the first of its kind in Ireland.
According to a spokesperson from ARAN this 'is a landmark victory in the campaign to end the use of animals in Irish circuses. Wicklow now joins the ranks of Waterford, Drogheda, Monaghan who have also recently banned animal-act circuses, with other councils lined up to introduce similar motions soon.
'ARAN applauds Cllr Kavanagh for introducing this progressive motion that will help stamp out abuse and suffering that animals in travelling circuses endure,' says ARAN's Stephan Wymore. 'Public support for animal-act circuses is at an all time low, and for good reason. We've seen not so long ago an elephant breaking loose from a travelling Irish circus. This creature wasn't running from a 'shower,' she was running from chains, boredom, stress and confinement. The future is for animal-act free circuses which is why ARAN is encouraging other Irish Councils to take similar actions in their respective towns.'