Stop Using Wild Animals in Circuses

Target: Mitchel McLaughlin, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Goal: Protect wild animals from the harmful conditions of circus life.

The use of wild animals in circuses is cruel and unnecessary. These animals are robbed of a natural life, confined in traveling cages and forced to perform for audiences. Exploiting wild animals in this way is utterly shameful. Many countries around the world have already made it illegal to use wild animals in circuses. However, the practice still continues in Northern Ireland. It’s time for Mitchel McLaughlin, Speaker for the Northern Ireland Assembly, to formulate a ban on wild animal circuses in his country.

Despite the care and attention that some trainers may give to their animals, the conditions in which these wild creatures are made to live are detrimental to their physical and mental health. Their bodies and their minds are not fit for domestic living, putting them at risk for many long-term health issues. They are also prevented from acting on their most natural instincts. The stress and suffering that this causes for these animals amounts to a form of animal cruelty.

There is no reason to continue using wild animals in circuses. It is unnatural and immoral to make a wild animal live a domestic life, especially one in which they are compelled to perform for human beings. These creatures deserve to live in the wild. They should not be forced to live in cages and perform on stages. Northern Ireland must join the long list of governments which have acted to protect wild animals from the harmful effects of circus life.

By signing the petition below, you can help urge Mitchell McLaughlin to introduce a ban on wild animal circuses for Northern Ireland.


Dear Speaker McLaughlin,

Wild animal circuses are a form of animal cruelty. While many countries all over the world have already banned animal circuses, your country still allows them. There is no excuse for continuing these practices in Northern Ireland. I urge you to formulate a ban on wild animal circuses for your country.

The most caring and attentive trainer cannot make up for the fact that domestic living is harmful to the mental and physical health of wild animals. These creatures are forced to live in cages and to perform for audiences. Such conditions inhibit these wild animals from acting on their natural instincts, causing undue mental and physical stress.

Wild animals should not be coerced into the domestic conditions of circus life. Please act to protect these creatures by banning wild animal circuses in Northern Ireland.


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  1. free them from the circus now.

  2. Disgusting humans!!!!!!

  3. This is utterly pathetic. These animals need to be free in their own habitat, not performing ridiculous stunts for people. Free them now!

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