Stockton Christmas Event Under Fire For Cruel Plans to Feature Live Reindeer
For Immediate Release:
4 December 2015
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
STOCKTON CHRISTMAS EVENT UNDER FIRE FOR CRUEL PLANS TO FEATURE LIVE REINDEER
PETA Calls On Stockton High Street Parade to Keep Live Animals out of Holiday Festivities
Stockton – This morning, PETA campaign coordinator Kirsty Henderson sent a letter to Stockton Council leader Bob Cook encouraging him to cancel plans to use live reindeer in the scheduled Reindeer Parade.
In the letter, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that a busy commercial centre filled with noisy shoppers, bright lights and excited children is an entirely unsuitable environment for reindeer. Contact with people is something they normally avoid, and they’ll be unnecessarily subjected to the stress of travel. Using animals as backdrops in public displays is not only cruel but also dangerous, as humans are at risk of injury should the animals run amok.
“Using live animals in these sorts of events sends a damaging message to young people that animals are little more than living props”, Henderson says. “There are many other ways that the people of Stockton could celebrate the holidays that would be far more in keeping with the Christmas spirit than by treating scared animals like decorations.”
Henderson’s letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.