Arklow Town Council has voted to ban circuses with wild animal acts from performing or advertising in the town.
The motion was tabled by Councillor Pat Fitzgerald and was passed by seven votes to nil.
Animal rights activist Ciara Fitzgerald, who along with local group Arklow Against Animal Cruelty staged a protest in front of Courtney Brothers Circus when it was performing in the town last July, welcomed the news.
“I personally would like to thank Cllr Pat Fitzgerald for bringing this motion to the council for me, and to ARAN who work tirelessly to educate and promote animal welfare for composing the motion,” she said. “I am so happy that all seven councillors voted in favour of this as it gives a clear message that Arklow does not support animal abuse.”
Arklow joins a growing list of councils around the country that have voted to ban circuses acts from performing with animals on public land. These include Drogheda, Wicklow, Monaghan, Waterford and Cork.