Template Animal Display Letter
I’m writing to urge you to halt plans to bring reindeer to [TOWN/VENUE] on [DATE] and to adopt a policy against using live animals in future events.
A recent investigation by Animal Aid documented that reindeer hired out for these events across the UK were kicked and that some suffered from diarrhoea, skeletal abnormalities, and raw, exposed skin.
Being carted around from one display to another, kept 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 types of behaviour. Reindeer aren’t domesticated animals, and contact with humans is something they normally avoid. When forced into close contact with the public, they often become stressed and scared.
Animals such as reindeer can also transmit numerous diseases to humans, including contagious ecthyma, brucellosis, anthrax, salmonellosis, rabies, toxoplasmosis, sarcoptic mange, and ringworm. The area surrounding animal enclosures can be teeming with bacteria. According to the Health and Safety Executive, infections can spread through direct or even indirect contact with animals, and in some cases, the resulting illness can be fatal. Those with weaker immune systems, such as children, are especially at risk.
The holiday season is supposed to be about joy and peace. There are many ways for local residents to celebrate this Christmas that don’t compromise the well-being of animals or put the public at risk. Please make the humane decision not to use live animals at this event and also make a formal commitment to avoiding future events that promote the mistreatment of animals.