The use of wild animals in circuses will be banned in Ireland from January 2018. 
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has signed new regulations banning the use of wild animals in circuses.
“The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in circuses can no longer be permitted. This is the general view of the public at large and a position I am happy to endorse,” he said. 
He described the move as progressive, adding that it was reflective of the Government’s commitment to animal welfare. 
The decision to implement the regulations on 1 January 2018 was taken to allow “a modest lead in period to allow for alternative arrangements to be made for the animals in question,” the minister explained. 
He welcomed the fact that many local authorities had shown their concerns by not allowing public land to be used by circuses featuring wild animals.  
Mr Creed said that while he appreciated the care and concern circus …