The Green Party is calling on the Northern Ireland public to ‘BAC’ its campaign to ban the use of animals in circuses.
Party leader and North Down MLA Steven Agnew has expressed disappointment at the refusal of the new Agriculture Minister to make a comitment to introduce a ban, despite evidence of strong public support.
In response to a question from Mr Agnew in the Assembly, Michelle O’Neill said her priorities on animal welfare will be the roll-out of the new provisions in the Welfare of Animals Act 2011.
Steven Agnew said: “I am disappointed that the Minister does not see this matter as a priority. Much of the spadework for this legislation has already been done. There is simply no justification in the 21st century for the continued use of wild animals in circuses. A recent report by DEFRA highlighted the fact that 94 per cent of the public in the UK want a ban.
“In the coming weeks, The Green Party in Northern Ireland will be launching a campaign called BAC-NI (Ban Animals in Circuses – Northern Ireland) – so we can gather the opinions of members of the public in Northern Ireland to this issue.”
Activists in South Belfast, including a local Green Party member, recently highlighted animal welfare issues surrounding by handing out leaflets outside a circus visiting the city.
You can show your support by signing the online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bananimalsincircusesni/.