Pamela Anderson Urges Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Support Ban on Wild-Animal Circuses in Ireland
Following her appearance on Irish TV this weekend, long-time animal advocate Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to the Taoiseach asking him to support a bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
The bill, put forward by TD Paul Murphy, would help save animals from a lifetime of exploitation and abuse in the name of “entertainment”. In her letter, Pamela writes:
Animals in circuses never benefit from “the luck of the Irish.” Instead, they’re denied everything that is natural and important to them. They spend their lonely lives constantly on the move, transported in cramped conditions, and shackled or caged for hours on end. And they don’t perform tricks such as jumping through rings of fire or dancing on their hind legs for fun—but out of fear of punishment… Today, most decent people see animal circuses for what they are: cruelty.
She ends her appeal on a lighter note, offering to raise a glass of Guinness (which is going vegan!) with Kenny on the day the bill passes. You can read her full letter here.
If successful, the bill would bring Ireland in line with an ever-growing list of countries around the world which have introduced similar bans, including the Netherlands, Bolivia and Iran. Several local authorities in Ireland, such as Dublin City, Galway and Waterford, have already outlawed wild-animal circuses from public land.
What You Can Do
We need to show the government that there is strong public support for this bill in Ireland. Please write to your TDs to ask them to ban wild-animal circuses.
If you live in the UK, please see our Action Page to learn about how you can support wild-animal circus bans in your area.