Two adult reindeer are displayed each year in the parking lot of Chalet Nursery as part of a holiday display. They are housed in a cramped pen at the corner of a busy urban intersection, subject to loud noise, car exhaust and people trying to touch them. The pen is irresponsibly small with no room for movement other than taking a few steps and lying down.
Chalet Nursery was alerted last year to the detrimental effect on reindeer in this setting. Chalet made it clear they had no intention of discontinuing the display.
These poor animals must suffer because of commercialism. They are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, with their instinctual needs, such as seeking mates, raising young, and grazing completely thwarted.
Tell Chalet Nursery to discontinue this cruel display. The Chalet can certainly conduct a successful and festive holiday event without the use of live animals, and exhibit "peace on earth" for ALL creatures.
Please sign the petition, and CALL to politely let Chalet know that using reindeer in this manner is unnecessary and cruel.
Larry Thalman,III & Diane Stanton, Owners
3132 Lake Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
Reindeer are undomesticated animals, their wild instincts still very much intact. They are cruelly carted from one event to the next during the holiday season and subjected to a constant barrage of strange noises, activity, and people trying to touch them. Animals used in traveling exhibits such as these are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. They often become despondent and develop abnormal and self-destructive behavior, including pacing, rocking, swaying, bar-biting, and self-mutilation. Their instinctual needs, such as seeking mates, raising young, grazing, and resolving territorial disputes, are completely thwarted.
Such events also pose risks to public health, as reindeer can transmit numerous diseases to humans, such as contagious ecthyma, brucellosis, anthrax, salmonellosis, rabies, toxoplasmosis, sarcoptic mange, and ringworm.
I know that Chalet can host a successful festive season without the use of live animals and ask for your compassionate consideration in ending the cruel use of these beautiful creatures.