20 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Town Council are to consider the introduction of bye-laws that would prohibit circuses with wild animals from obtaining use of local authority land in the urban area on which to stage performances in the future.
At Monday night’s meeting of the authority, a motion in the names of the Sinn Féin members was adopted which read:
“That Monaghan Town Council support the introduction of bye-laws or other measures which would ensure that circuses which use wild animals are prohibited from performing in any part of this local authority area, in light of the well documented evidence of suffering endured by the animals involved and the serious animal welfare issues raised.”
In moving the motion, Sean Conlon referred to a recent television documentary, which highlighted the work of Dublin Zoo and the care and attention required for animals taken out of their natural habitat and environment. He said that people were becoming more aware of the other side of the coin, of animals held in captivity that might not be getting the level of care and attention necessary for them to have a healthy environment to live in.
“More and more people are questioning the merits of captive wild animals being …

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