Thursday 12 December 2019

City bans circuses with live animals

Trapeze artist and horse presenter, Amanda Sandow posing outside the Circus Gerbola big top in Kanturk earlier this year; Galway City Council has voted to ban circuses which use live animals from performing on publicly-owned lands
Trapeze artist and horse presenter, Amanda Sandow posing outside the Circus Gerbola big top in Kanturk earlier this year; Galway City Council has voted to ban circuses which use live animals from performing on publicly-owned lands

Caroline Crawford

ELEVEN councils have now banned circuses which use live animals from performing on publicly-owned lands .

The latest motion was passed overwhelmingly by Galway City Council.

The decision will mean that circuses which use live animals will not be granted a licence to perform on any land owned or operated by the council. However, circuses will still be able to apply for licences to perform on private grounds.

Galway city is the 11th council in the country to pass the ban, including Limerick, Cork County and City councils, South Dublin, Waterford and Monaghan.

Councillor Pearce Flannery, who tabled the motion in Galway city, said he hoped the decision would lead to private landowners also banning such circuses.

Irish Independent

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