Louis Walsh: It’s a NO to Wild-Animal Circuses

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X-Factor‘s Louis Walsh is back! And he’s giving a firm “no” to cruel, archaic animal acts.

Hot on the heels of his announced return as an X-Factor judge, Walsh sent an urgent letter to Michael Creed, Ireland’s new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, calling for a ban on wild-animal circuses.

 

In the letter on behalf of PETA and Irish group Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), Walsh notes that, unlike the willing humans he’s worked with throughout his career, animals used in circuses don’t choose to perform – they do so out of the threat of punishment:

They [animals exploited in circuses] don’t stand on their heads, ride bicycles or perform other demeaning, often painful tricks willingly. They do so because if they don’t, they will be whipped, beaten with a steel-tipped bullhook or shocked with an electric prod.

He also adds that by allowing this archaic form of entertainment to continue, Ireland is essentially “putting out a welcome mat for animal abusers”. By contrast, more and more European countries are introducing bans on wild-animal circuses.

Elephants, tigers, and other wild animals used in circuses in Ireland are often torn away from their mothers as babies; cannot engage in natural behaviour; are moved around in cramped, filthy conditions; are chained or caged for up to 23 hours a day; commonly suffer from chronic health problems, abusive treatment and psychological disorders; and often die prematurely.

If you live in Ireland, please contact your local TD and ask him or her to do everything possible to bring about a ban on wild-animal circuses. You can find contact details for your elected representatives here.

Comments

  • Paul Harrison commented on May 30, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Animals should NOT be used in entertainment.
    They do not perform unless they have been treated cruely.
    Animal acts should be banned worldwide.
    Anyone going tosuch acts are paying for animals to be treated cruely.

  • Liz commented on May 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

    “Performing” animals are, thankfully, a thing of the past.

  • marie butler commented on May 30, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Get up to date Ireland – show come compassion please!

  • Lisa Waugh commented on May 30, 2016 at 11:48 am

    There’s no excuse for animal abuse!!!

  • Desislava commented on May 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    It’s cruelty against animals-all kinds!unhuman and barberic!

  • Sheila Sibbons commented on May 30, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Animals should not be made to perform, to lose their dignity or be abused in this or any other way. This practice is archaic and should be stopped

  • Garry Clarke commented on May 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Ban on wild-animal circuses

  • Linda Hepherd commented on May 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Don’t buy tickets,simple really ……. No ticket No circus.

  • Diana Donoghue commented on May 30, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    ALL ANIMAL CRUELTY SHOULD BE BANNED.

  • joyce proudlock commented on May 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I agree animals do not belong in the circus. Animals are not on this plant for our entertainment or to be used by us in any way.

  • April Close commented on May 30, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Making any animal perform for the amusement of people is barbaric and sickening. No one who cares at all about animals would go to see such a show.
    Treat the animals with the respect and dignity they deserve.

  • Ann wilkes commented on May 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    All down to greed and easy money. Animals can’t speak so they at our mercy. And these people that use them have no mercy. Get a proper job and leave the animals alone. No more zoos. No more circuses.

  • Emma Brooks commented on May 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Animals belong in the wild not in a circus. I will never again visit a circus that uses animals in its show.

  • Kerry Dewhurst commented on May 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Wild animals belong in the wild. End of.

  • Ellen Prior commented on May 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Get circuss’ shut down!!

  • David Blackmore commented on May 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Animals exploited in circuses don’t stand on their heads, ride bicycles or perform other demeaning, often painful tricks willingly. They do so because if they don’t, they will be whipped, beaten with a steel-tipped bullhook or shocked with an electric prod.

  • chrissy wallington commented on May 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    cruel and bloody evil !!! circuses should all be banned!!!!

  • Gloria Macari commented on May 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    It’s time to stop this cruel treatment of all animals. People that pay to watch animals do tricks are to blame , if people don’t pay , then then it will stop . People who hurt animals should be put behind bars forever Ban Circus Forever .

  • Moira Longden commented on May 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Barbarism must have an end

  • Jennifer Highley commented on May 31, 2016 at 12:00 am

    NO, to wild animal circuses… Wild animals belong in the wild..
    Simple

  • M dart commented on May 31, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Stop this now!

  • maria ranclaud commented on May 31, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Free all animals from these places

  • Claire Keir commented on May 31, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    This should have been stoped years ago,

  • JackieWhite commented on June 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Sadly, animal abuse is still common place in Ireland, including shooting birds, especially birds of prey. Dogs are routinely assigned cast to the streets. Not to mention the treatment of farmed animals. Wake up…this is 2016 !

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