I must have been mentally on Mars, because I could have sworn travelling circuses were finally banned in Ireland. NUH. UH.
Public money (UK and IRE) is used year-on-year to support the use of animals in travelling circuses.
The Irish Arts Council recently attracted a bit of much needed heat from ISPCA CEO, Dr. Andrew Kelly in a letter to the Irish Times. This is what got my attention.
When will we just ‘get it’? In a different time circuses were an art form, but it is time to let go of the notion that it still has a place in today’s arts ecology.
In other animal news our long suffering mother earth now faces the sixth major mass extinction of our time solely due to human interference. We are set to lose 41% of all amphibians, 26% of mammals and 13% of birds on the planet – because of us! Can’t we just give circuses the bloody boot already?
Circuses no longer need advocacy. They are well and truly up there with the fu*king tories’ plan to repeal the Hunting Act.
*jumps off soapbox*