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Duffy Circus Protests, June and July

Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by ALib on the June 19th, 2009

Duffy’s Circus “More Exploitation than Ever”

“Hundreds of places across the world – including councils here in Ireland – have banned [non human] animal circuses” read the Irish Sunday Mirror on 14th June 2009.

Duffy’s Circus boast that they have “more [non human] animals than ever.” Last year this circus bragged that they oppressed 44 non human animals, excluding members of those species deemed unimportant for mentioning when it comes to promoting themselves to children, ie dogs.

The Lisburn Echo last year reported that Duffy’s had enslaved an “African Lion as well as four tigers, three alligators, four lamas, six horses, four ponies, 20 snakes and two donkeys.” This year Duffy’s Circus confines “Siberian tigers, Illamas, snakes, dogs and an African lion” according to the Irish Sunday Mirror.

Non human animals in a circus will have to endure a life of cages, shackles or ropes. Their existence comprises of forced training of a few


unnatural tricks (this happens at the winter quarters, away from the public eye), performing these tricks for the amusement of children, traveling thousands of miles on the road from site to site and finally being imprisoned in tiny cages or pens where they’ll spend most of their day.

As with animals who are denied their basic needs, this often results in “cage madness” (please see attached links for more info).

So who pays for this slave industry which exploits non human animals? Most advertising by the non human animal circus is aimed at children. This exploits both the non humans and children’s fondness for them. These circuses know that some parents find it hard to say no to their children and these parents, along with parents who don’t care, end up paying for this horrible life in non humans animals in circuses.

However another big contributor is the Taxpayer. The Arts Council gives grants to circuses. This no doubt has helped pay for the “more [non human] animals than ever” in Duffy’s circus. In their “Annual Programming Grants 2008” the Arts Council gave €75,000 to Duffy’s Circus.


Duffy’s Circus are in Whitehall, Dublin from 7th till the 21st of June, after that they intend to stay for the next 4 weeks in sites around Ashbourne or Dublin. Animal Rights activists have already been outside the site in Whitehall this week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will campaign at 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday (20th) and Sunday(21st June). If you have some time please come along.

More info:

  • 3 websites on Irish circuses:

    Captive Animal Protection Society:www.captiveanimals.org

    Irish circuses:www.irishcircuses.org

    Animal Defenders International: www.ad-international.org

  • References:

    Lisburn Echo, April 2008
    The Irish Sunday Mirror, 14th, June 2009
    Arts Council (annual programming grants 2008)

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