Arts Council continues to support circus suffering in Ireland
The Arts Council of Ireland continues to fund animal circuses and has given grants of tens of thousands of Euros each year to Duffy’s Circus, Circus Gerbola and Fossetts Circus. The Council itself receives funding principally from the Irish Exchequer and National Lottery.
Defra response to circus report “does not go far enough to safeguard wild animals”
ADI has today expressed its disappointment that Defra’s response to the report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee on the draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill does not go far enough to safeguard the welfare of wild animals in circuses.
No escape from the circus for wild animals despite ban
Defra Minister Lord de Mauley has confirmed to ADI that the Government will press ahead with legislation to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses but a loophole will still allow circuses to continue to tour with these animals provided they are not displayed.