Join Rosanna Davison and Urge Dublin to Ban Wild-Animal Circuses

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On Monday, Dublin City Council will vote on whether to ban from public land circuses that force animals such as elephants, tigers, and zebras to perform.

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Irish celebrity and animal rights activist Rosanna Davison has just written to the council on behalf of PETA and ARAN (Animal Rights Action Network) to voice her support for such a ban.

She writes:

It’s simply unacceptable for astonishing animals like elephants, lions and tigers to be deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them, just so that spectators can watch them perform ridiculous and often painful tricks.

Treated as if they were equipment, animals used in circuses spend most of their lives in trailers and, often, chains. They are crammed into transport cages, hauled around from one venue to the next, and denied the opportunity to satisfy their most fundamental needs, never having an opportunity to roam over large distances, socialise with their own kind, forage, or make independent choices about their lives.

Many other local authorities, including Limerick and Galway, have already banned these unethical performances from being held on their land. It’s time for Dublin City to do the same!

You Can Help

If you live in Dublin, please send a quick e-mail to your local councillors before Monday and ask them to vote in favour of Noeleen Reilly’s motion to ban wild-animal circuses. You can find their contact details on the Dublin City Council website here.


  • Mary O Sullivan commented on July 25, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Circuses that have animals should be banned full stop. No excuses for cruelty endured by helpless animals.

  • michael bertorelli commented on July 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    STOP NOW !

  • Caroline Wells commented on July 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Come on, Ireland – you can do better. Set an example to those countries including the UK that have failed to take a morally responsible and humane stance. We no longer live in a Victorian era where suffering is seen as acceptable. Elephants are highly sensitive, intelligent and sentient beings. Please do the right thing.

  • catherine woods commented on July 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    animal abuse is depraved must stop now !!!!!

  • Lorna McCarthy commented on July 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    These are intelligent and highly social WILD animals. They have complex and intricate lives and should be with others of their kind in the wild or specialist sanctuaries. NOT in a zoo and definitely not being made to perform for humans in a circus. This is highly unnatural, cruel and demeaning for such intelligent animals. Stop this NOW!!

  • Sammet Gugle commented on July 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Stop doing this to animals you inhuman monsters!! Animals deserve the right to live in dignity, peace, happiness and safety in their own natural surrounding with their species!! Earth does not belong to just humans alone!! It has to be shared equally with plants and animals!!

  • Rose commented on July 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Please stop this barbaric cruelty to these majestic animals, they don’t deserve Our cruelty they deserve our love and respect!

  • Elinor commented on July 25, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Animals should not be in a circus. The cruelty they suffer is just heart breaking and so wrong. Please help to stop it.

  • Sue Grainger commented on July 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm


  • Lucio Ortega Jr commented on July 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I advocate for animal welfare, both foreign and domestic, wild and captive and defender of the Earth. Any animal that is imprisoned in a circus was stolen from the wild. They do not belong in circuses or in tiny, confined spaces, where they are “trained” through abuse and food deprivation. Shame on you ! .

  • Geraldine McCrossan commented on July 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    As someone born in Dublin, I would take pride in the knowledge that my city respected the health and dignity of these majestic animals that are subjected to well- documented forms of torture in order to force them into subjugation in the interest of ” entertainment”.
    Please do the right thing, I urge you!

  • jo hofmann commented on July 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    How can this be legal 2016? Its so disturbingly uncivilized and barbaric. Only fools visit a circus which forces animals to perform.

  • Eliz Lawlor commented on July 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Please stop this cruel practice, ban circuses that keep animals captive and use them as part of their shows

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