Oldham Easter Event Organisers Urged to Drop Plans to Feature Live Animals
For Immediate Release:
22 March 2018
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
OLDHAM EASTER EVENT ORGANISERS URGED TO DROP PLANS TO FEATURE LIVE ANIMALS
PETA Calls On Town Centre Team to Keep Petting Farm out of ‘Spring Into Oldham’ Celebrations
Oldham, Greater Manchester – Today, PETA sent a letter to Oldham’s Town Centre team urging it to cancel plans to feature a petting farm at its “Spring Into Oldham” Easter event on Saturday.
In the letter, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that in addition to subjecting animals to the stress of transport, foreign environments, possible mishandling, and crowds of strangers, petting farms pose dangers to the humans who visit them. In fact, experts have indicated that travelling animal shows are hotbeds of serious pathogens, including E coli and salmonella.
“Easter is a celebration of life and love, and a petting farm with stressed, miserable animals has no place at such a joyous occasion,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Oldham residents can enjoy the many other wonderful activities planned – without putting themselves and animals at risk.”