Why Rudolph Doesn’t Belong in a Shopping Centre

Posted by 2 years ago | Permalink | Comments (47)

Reindeer aren't Christmas decorations!It’s common sense, really – a crowded shopping centre at the busiest time of year is no place for a wild animal. Yet across the UK, a number of towns have plans to use reindeer as holiday “props” in Christmas displays.

Reindeer belong in the Arctic and subarctic regions of the world, where they can live in herds and roam freely over vast open ranges. Being carted around from one display to another, housed in tiny sheds and pens, forced to pull sleighs and exposed to bright lights and loud noises, prevents them from engaging in any of their natural behaviour.

According to research from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, a poor diet, exposure to diseases carried by other animals and the stress of being removed from their natural environment have contributed to an increase in deaths among young reindeer used in the UK. When they’re denied the opportunity to roam for long distances, their hooves can grow too long, a serious condition that can be debilitating. They can also contract parasites carried by domestic animals.

Reindeer are large, strong animals who tend to be skittish and unpredictable, and they don’t enjoy being harnessed and petted, either. They can inflict serious injuries on humans. Consequently, male reindeer are commonly castrated to make them easier to handle – which is hardly in the Christmas spirit.

Along with many concerned supporters, we’ve been writing to councils up and down the country asking that they cancel any plans to use reindeer and implement policies against live-animal displays.

You can help! If you learn about any events in your local area that will feature live animals, please write to the organisers and ask them to rethink their plans. Here’s a template letter if you’re not certain what to say. Ending the exploitation of reindeer and other animals would do nothing to diminish children’s sense of the magic of the holiday season. For these animals, though, it would make a world of difference.

Tags:

Comments

  • Celine Poncy commented on December 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Wild animals aren’t Christmas decorations!

  • Alison commented on December 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Well said Celine…we will keep fighting the faith despite them…

  • Carine Detry commented on December 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Let those animals live where they belong !

  • Pâquerette Preborski commented on December 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    this poor animal has a poor diet and and the stress of being removed from their natural environment have contributed to an increase in deaths among young reindeer used in the UK. He is not a christmas gift or decoration !
    Send it back where it’s belong !

  • emilia commented on December 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    STOP CRUELTY!!

  • Elisabeth Björklund commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Djur hör inte hemma, i detta ” spektakel ” 🙁

  • Janet redfern commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Once again its Christmas so if we are not killing animals we are exploiting them
    Put the reindeer where it belongs in the wild

  • rita uljee commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    this is most certainly not the life for a reindeer how on earth can people come up with such a idiot idea of exposing animals for Christmas decoration?

  • Dr Kelly Dunn commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Live animals are not Xmas decorations! That’s just cruel and barbaric!

  • irene walker commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Spare reindeers the stress of Christmas shopping!

  • Tina commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Wild animals should not be used in this way. It’s not fair to them!

  • Jenny fry commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Let the reindeer be a reindeer. If you need to have an animal at least give him an enviroment to allow him to be what is natural eg: being in a herd,space to gallop and eating a wide variety of vegetation.

  • Colleen Muriel commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I am disgusted with this abuse. I certainly will not spend one penny in any store that uses animals in this way. It’s beyond the pale. Utterly shameful. I hope stores that do this go bankrupt. Sincerely, Colleen Muriel

  • Laura Blanchette commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Every life matters…..every life.

  • Laura Blanchette commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Every life matters!!!!

  • Amy Forgette commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    These and all beautiful animals don’t deserve to be treated like garbage, they all deserve love,respect,kindness and above all to live in a safe environment! !!!! They are not for our amusement and don’t deserve to be abused in anyway!!!!!

  • Lillyam barberi commented on December 12, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Animals are NOT Christmas decoretions

  • Mee Haaw commented on December 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Wild animals aren’t Christmas decorations!v

  • Claire Manwani commented on December 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    When will humans learn that animals were not put on this earth to serve as props or food for us.

  • Elizabeth Sharkie commented on December 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I am a big supporter of PETA and all the good work that you do. However, on this occasion, I have to challenge you. I am also a member of the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and am friends of the owners. I know how well their animals are treated all year round, including when they do their Christmas rounds. They are passionate about the well-being of their reindeer. Perhaps you could do some research? I don’t know about other suppliers of “Christmas Reindeer”, but wouldn’t it be better to name and shame the less responsible ones, rather than just tar them all with the same brush?

  • Mary A Leon commented on December 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    A reindeer does NOT belong in a shopping mall! This reindeer, Rudolph, needs to be outside in the air and should be sent to the BEST ACCREDITED SANCTUARY that will ensure he has the best like he can under the circumstances.

  • david keller commented on December 13, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I’ts very un-Christmas like to put an animal through this.

  • kim walsh commented on December 13, 2014 at 4:24 am

    wild animals are not Christmas decorations

  • anna helenes commented on December 13, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Serioiusly, what kind of parent would take their kids to see this? These animals should be in the forests, not in Shopping Centers, shame on these parents for teaching their kids how to be terrible human beings, like them!

  • Guillaume LAURENCIN commented on December 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Animals are not entertainments

  • le blévec commented on December 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

    les animaux ne sont pas des objets!la fête de noël ne doit pas être un prétexte pour toute forme d’esclavage!

  • Daniela commented on December 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Wild animals belong in nature, they are no christmas decoration.

  • Veronica Rehné commented on December 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

    This is insane, it´s just as bad as using wild animals (or other animals) in circus, which has been banned in several countries, or using drugged tigers for tourists to take photos with them in Thailand.

    Animals are not for people to use as they want!

  • Nina Gondos commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Disgusting, I will not be going to your shopping centre of christmas. Stop exploiting animals.

  • Fernanda Vieira commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Animals are not human’s toys, end this slavery right now!

  • Alexandra Vieira commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wild animals belong in nature. Set Rudolph free!!!

    • Wowzers commented on December 25, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Just because wild animals belong in the wild doesn’t mean they never ever suffer and die in the wild!

  • Giovana Vieira commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Animals deserve to live their own lives, let’s give Rudolph the chance to live a decent one.

  • Ivan Trindade commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Animals are not ours. It is time to end slavery once and for all!

  • Maria Terezinha commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Slavery is still there, let’s fight it for a better and fairer world!

  • Tisiana Vieira commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    There will be the day when men will treat animals respectfully, I hope it won’t take long, so let’s give a start helping Rudolph to have his life back.

  • rebecca commented on December 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Please rethink about using real reindeers..they arent meant to be used like this in public places and by ending the exploitation of reindeer and other animals would do nothing to diminish children’s sense of the magic of the holiday season. For these animals, though, it would make a world of difference.Reindeer are large, strong animals who tend to be skittish and unpredictable, and they don’t enjoy being harnessed and petted, either. have you ever stopped to think about how they can inflict serious injuries on humans? then what? let them be, in peace and where they belong.

  • Opi commented on December 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Please stop this.

  • H driessen commented on December 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Have mercy and compassion with all animals please, this is not the way it has to be…thank you

  • Hazel Fraser commented on December 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Animals should NEVER be used in entertainment

  • P Sivyer commented on December 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Rudolph is an animated animal! Please use animated characters not Real Live Creatures to promote christmas PLEASE !!!!

  • Val commented on December 15, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Please do not use reindeers as santa’s helpers down at shopping malls

  • Shelby commented on December 15, 2014 at 3:26 am

    As Celine said, wild animals are not Christmas decorations – please stop this exploitation of reindeer and other animals NOW!

  • P commented on December 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    They are being used again to make money, they are not a play thing.

  • Rongveaux Anne commented on December 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Animals are not ours and no OBJECTS. It is time to end slavery once and for all!

  • dee commented on December 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Remember the saying “Work Rest and Play” Let them rest and play in their natural habitat and YOU do the hard work entertaining!

  • Jacqueline Clare commented on December 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    It is a too stressful, noisy, busy environment; it’s bad enough for me.

Post a Comment

 

By submitting this form, you will be indicating your consent to receiving e-mail marketing messages from us unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such messages by unticking the box above. You're also acknowledging that you've read and you agree to our privacy policy.