News Desk

Courtney Brothers’ Circus slammed for false advertising by authority

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Courtney Brothers’ Circus has been reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland for false advertising. Freedom for Animals raised a query with the authority when a supporter complained that […]

Massive drop in animal circus funding in Ireland since launch of Freedom for Animals campaign

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

This time last year, we released the shocking news that, since 2006, the Arts Council Ireland had used almost one million euro of taxpayers’ money to fund circuses which use […]

Irish ministers announce appointment of team to consider wild animals in circuses

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Ministers from Dublin and Belfast have appointed officials to develop an all-island policy on whether wild animals should be allowed in circuses. The move […]

Action is needed to prevent circus animal suffering being shifted from UK to Ireland

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

As the UK government published draft legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses today, the ISPCA has joined forces with Freedom for Animals, in a call to […]

Freedom for Animals releases new report on animal circuses in Ireland

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Ring of Cruelty II is out today. Freedom for Animals releases brand new report on animal suffering in Irish circuses. Find out more HERE

Circus boss was warned of elephant danger when operating under different name

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Campaigners from Freedom for Animals have called on Courtney Brothers’ Circus to retire their elephants after a report shows that the circus was warned of elephant danger five years ago, […]

Renewed calls for a ban on the use of animals in Irish circuses following elephant escape

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Campaigners from Freedom for Animals joined local campaign groups in Ireland in adding their voice to calls for immediate action following the dangerous escape of an elephant from Courtney Brothers’ […]

Five elephants in Courtney Brothers’ 2012 show

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Freedom for Animals is very concerned to see that the Courtney Brothers’ Circus (which for the past few years has operated under the name “Great European Circus”) has introduced five […]

Camels on the run as circus boss returns to old tricks

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Irish Mail on Sunday,  Corman McQuinn and Isabel Conway It seems that shamed circus boss, Alexander Scholl, just can’t resist a trick, even when it’s an old one. He ran […]

Animal circuses banned from education board’s land

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Belfast Telegraph, 18 January 2011 Circuses that exploit animals will no longer be welcome on land controlled by education and library boards. All five boards have banned circuses involving animals […]

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