Arts Council has given over €1 million of taxpayers’ cash to circuses

16 Jan

arts council one million to circuses has reported that the Arts Council of Ireland has handed over another €20,000 of Irish taxpayers’ money to an animal circus.

Responding to the news, John Carmody of the Animal Rights Action Network commented: “With towns and counties all over Ireland passing motions to ban or restrict animal-act circuses using public land, and with attendance dropping faster than ever before, the Arts Council should do what is right and completely cut any further funding to a business model that is geared around animal suffering and exploitation, not art.”

The Journal reports that the Arts Council has given nearly €750,000 to animal circuses over the last six years, with Duffy’s Circus receiving more than €330,000 since 2008.

An investigation carried out by The Captive Animals’ Protection Society in 2012 revealed that the Arts Council had handed over almost €1 million of taxpayers’ money to animal circuses between 2006 and 2012.

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Urge the Arts Council to stop funding animal circuses.

Arts Council of Ireland
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Sample Letter (If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am contacting you to complain about the Arts Council of Ireland’s continued funding of animal circuses.

The exploitation of animals in circuses is not art, it is an outdated and cruel practice which has been banned in over 25 countries around the world.

I call on the Arts Council of Ireland to show compassion and stop using taxpayers’ money to support animal circuses.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name / Location]

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