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Circus Gerbola stops using Sea Lions.

Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by ALib on the July 28th, 2009

Low Attendences at Circus

Circus Gerbola has departed company of the Duo Borcini act “due to the very low numbers attending the circus”. The Duo Borcini act exploits 3 Seal lions for mindless entertainment.

In a press release for Circus Watch Ireland, written on the 13th of July 2009, spokeswoman Nuala Donlon describes what she saw of how the circus existence is affecting the health of these nonhuman animals:
“I saw this circus earlier in the year and it was very clear that the two sea lions in question were acting out the typical stereotypic behaviours of all highly institutionalised animals, swaying constantly from side to side and weaving their heads in a highly distressing manner.

Three adult sea lions shared a small tank which was contained in


the back of a truck.”

The Arts Council of Ireland partly pays for animal slavery with much needed tax payers money. Gerbola received €48,000 for each of last 2 years.

The Arts Council is a controversial state body who have recently published a document called the Framework for the Welfare of Animals based on the Five Freedoms which “contains welfare conditions which circuses must meet in order to receive funding.”

Freedom Four states: “All those in charge of animals should ensure that animals have the freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animals own kind”.

Freedom Five states: “All those in charge of animals should ensure that animals have freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering”.

As no circus in Ireland meets these conditions, the funding by the Arts Council of Ireland is in direct conflict with their own Framework.
Please send an email or letter to the Arts Council asking they stop supporting animal slavery. (Sample letter and contact details See Link The Arts Council Action Alert.)

Circus Watch Ireland also


responded to the recent lies from Duffy’s Circus.
“Circus Watch Ireland also wishes to refute misleading information contained in a new leaflet being distributed to visitors to Duffy’s circus.

In a leaflet entitled Animal Questions and Answers they claim, among other things, that circus animals performing imbecilic tricks are fulfilling their natural behavioural instincts. Particularly misleading is their insinuation that animal welfare organisations, unlike animal rights groups, are not opposed to animal circuses.

The ISPCA website clearly states the following:
‘The ISPCA believes that circuses which use performing animals are cruel and unnecessary. Please don’t go to them. There are many circuses without animals – try those instead.’”

References:

  • Donlon, N., Circus Animals Jump Ship – Another Victory for Anti-Cruelty Campaign, Circus Watch Press Release, 13th July 2009.
  • Framework for the Welfare of Animals by the Arts Council of Ireland :
    www.artscouncil.ie.

  • ISPCA policy on Animals in Circuses :
    www.ispca.ie.

    More info on Circus Watch Ireland:

    Contact Nuala Donlon, Spokesperson.
    Circus Watch Ireland.
    Phone: 086 – 3985761.

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