ARAN applaud Waterford City Council – Motion To Ban On Wild Animals In Circuses

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“Well done, wish more towns & Counties would follow”

ARAN applaud Waterford City Council for sending animal-act circus motion through to next progressive stage

ARAN is applauding Waterford City Council this week as a motion to ban wild animals in circuses, put forward by Independent Councillor Sean Reinhardt and seconded by Sinn Fein Councillor John Hearne has been moved forward to the next legislative stage that goes to the Council’s Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

“This is a mighty progressive step forward as Waterford becomes the latest Irish City to move towards a future without wild animals in the traveling circus, says ARAN Director John Carmody. “More and more local authorities in Ireland are considering a ban on the use of wild animals and now we will be stepping up the pressure for a national ban.

With our partners at Animal Defenders International (ADI) we have exposed physical abuse, confinement and deprivation in Irish circuses, and in these past months we have seen the public put at great risk with an elephant escaping from a circus and a man seriously injured. If cities like Waterford can move towards ending animal-act circuses, surely Ireland as a country can do the very same too.”

“In this day and age there is no excuse for putting animals through this type of confinement and stress, says Independent Councillor, Sean Reinhardt.” “Public support is in favor of bringing these Victorian menageries with animals to an end, and for good reason. I’m hoping years from now the only circuses that will be coming into Waterford will be those with amazing acrobats and human performers, this is clearly the future.”

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Abused monkey finds a loving home at South Texas sanctuary

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DILLEY — A pet monkey that endured years of heartbreaking cruelty has finally found a loving home at a primate sanctuary in Dilley, Texas

Officials at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary said the long-tailed macaque was never let out of his small cage to exercise in the 10 years he lived with his former owner in Michigan. The former owners even allegedly got JR high on marijuana and drunk off booze.

Last week, JR made the 28-hour drive to the sanctuary in South Texas, where he was renamed Freeman. Officials said the monkey will be in quarantine for the next two weeks while he received grooming and is introduced to a proper diet.

Born Free USA Director Tim Ajax said in a press release, “This monkey was living a life of horror and we are doing everything we can to help him acclimate. Private ownership of exotic animals, especially primates, is a cruel business that starts with a baby being stolen from his or her mother for profit and often ends in a psychologically damaged animal forced to endure a life of isolation and misery.”

Freeman’s former owner was convinced to release the primate to a sanctuary after years a coaxing from a concerned citizen.

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Sioux Falls Man Attacked By Loose Dogs

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“No dog is born vicious, blame the owners, not the dogs!”

A Sioux Falls man is injured after he was mauled by two pit bulls while he was playing basketball yesterday morning.

One of the dogs was shot and killed by police, the other is being quarantined.

The dogs were let loose by one of their owners around 5 a.m on Sunday.

Police are unsure what made the dogs attack, but the news isn’t helping the negative stereotype many people have of pit bulls.

Police say a 34-year-old man was mauled by the two loose pit bulls as he played basketball near the River Greenway.

They say one of the dog’s owners, James Lanpher had let the dogs go without leashes or supervision… something police say should never happen.

Lieutenant Jerome Miller of the Sioux Falls police department says,”If you have an animal with that kind of propensity, it’s obviously your obligation to make sure that it’s either kept inside an inclosure or a kennel or a structure of some sort and if it is out that it’s on a leash and if it’s vicious it should be muzzled.”

One of the dogs was shot and killed when it charged at an officer. The other will be quarantined for ten days to check for rabies.

Pit bull activists say the incident shouldn’t be blamed on the dog. It was the owner who let the dog out without a leash and the owner’s reponsibility.

Robin Willhoit, Pit Rescue says “It’s a little bit disheartening for us as a rescue to hear of something so dramatic happening in the city of Sioux Falls. When there are people who are irresponsible pet owners it makes all of us look bad.”

Members of Pit Rescue in Sioux Falls say pit bulls don’t deserve the bad rep they’ve been labeled with… and that most pit bulls are often less dangerous than the smallest dogs.

Melissa Jungemann, volunteer coordinator of Pit Rescue in Sioux Falls says,”They’re so loving that as long as you love them, they’ll love you back.”

And they say biting accidents can happen with any dog, regardless of size or breed… it’s up to the owner to know their dog’s temperment.

Jungemann says,”You have to be responsible with your dogs, regardless of what breed they are. You have to make sure your dogs are secured in your yard on a leash. You can’t let your dogs run.”

Police say that’s good advice, not only for pit bulls, but for all dogs.

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