Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
Last week’s defeat in the Dáil by 114 votes to 20 for the banning of live hare coursing will no doubt disappoint many animal rights activists. The support from the general public for the ban is overwhelming. But again, our politicians lag behind public opinion; stuck in a conservative mindset that would stand over a violent and barbarous cruelty because they lack the vision and decency to bring this backward behaviour to an end.
But the campaign must continue for the sake of the defenseless animals that are victim to abuse and cruelty in the name of entertainment. After decades of tireless efforts by animal welfare activists in the U.S., Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus phased out its live elephant acts and moved their elephants to the Ringling Bros. center for elephants in Florida.
On May 1, 2016, Ringling Bros. held its final live elephant performance. Feld Entertainment stated that the retirement of the elephant acts was due to increasing animal safety regulations and restrictions in cities where they performed. In addition to legislation protecting animals, Ringling Bros. faced multiple lawsuits regarding its treatment of animals. In 2011 Ringling Bros. was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. For this, Ringling Bros. paid $270,000.