Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category
I raised the issue of Seals in circuses and how the Irish Seal Sanctuary could be funded to provide the necessary support to reintegrated these animals back into their natural habitat. Click on the link below to watch:
by Jamison Maeda
Just like the 2009 documentary “The Cove,” which brought world-wide attention to the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary “Blackfish” has made serious waves in the animal rights community in regards to orcas in captivity.
“Blackfish” documented the horrific treatment of orcas (also known as killer whales) in marine parks and the dangers involved in keeping them captive. Cowperthwaite made the film after a trainer at Seaworld was killed by one of their orcas during a performance. Recently, California politician, Richard Bloom, proposed the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, banning orcas as performers, and outlawing captive orca breeding programs in California, with the ultimate goal of phasing out orcas in captivity completely. California is currently home to one-fifth of all captive orcas.
Circus Sea Lions are currently performing in Fingal, home to the ISS, with Duffy’s Circus on tour, notwithstanding Fingal County Council’s 2007 claim to be the 1st council to ban circuses with wildlife. The ISS is of the view the circus is not a suitable life for a marine mammal, closely confined, travelling and performing and has made Duffys the offer to home or facilitate retiring and rehoming these Sea Lions.
Recent Questions put to the Minister for Agriculture regarding the selling of Irish Forests and Animal Cruelty