The ISPCA welcomes the news today that Donegal County Council intends to ban the use of wild animals in circuses from public land. The ISPCA have been calling for a similar ban in Ireland with The Big Stop campaign, launched last year.
ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly met with Council Officials to discuss the issue and provided evidence based information to all Councillors in advance of the vote.
The ISPCA believe that travelling circuses cannot provide a suitable environment for wild animals such as elephants and tigers due to their complex needs. Frequent travelling, loading and unloading, handling, limited space, crowd noise, bright lights and restricted social interaction are well known stressors in wile animals and forcing wild animals to perform abnormal behaviours for human ‘entertainment’.
Well done to Donegal who are now the 17th County Council to ban use of wild animals in circuses from public land.
For more information on wild animals in circuses and how you can help, please visit our campaigns page here http://www.ispca.ie/the_big_stop_campaign
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