Stop Exploiting animals for Festive Entertainment
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Christmas should be a time where compassion is shown towards all beings, yet animals are transported all over the country at Christmas for events at shopping centres and noisy displays. It is widely accepted that animals suffer stress during events. The public have spoken out against such events as many feel that these events are an inappropriate place for animals.
The Government-appointed Farm Animal Welfare Committee has stated that: “reindeer have been imported and kept in small zoological collections or open farms where they are used as a visitor attraction, particularly at Christmas. There have been a number of reports of ill thrift and death in these animals due to poor management and their special dietary and environmental requirements.”
Dr. John Fletcher from the Veterinary Deer Society is reported as saying: “Reindeer have adapted to live in the Arctic. They are not well able to cope with the stress of captivity, and most of the diseases we see here in reindeer are stress-related … We would like Defra to stop importing them.”
Wild animals like penguins need very specific care, habitats and space to be able to live life to the fullest. Penguins used in events like this are exposed to large crowds and noise, potentially causing stress or fear.
As well as welfare concerns, using wild animals as a form of ‘entertainment’ sends out the wrong educational messages to the public, in particular children. Animals like penguins do not belong on a High Street in the UK and this event does nothing to teach about conservation or respect for species and habitats.
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