Rein­deer pa­rade is at­tacked by char­ity

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bred in cap­tiv­ity.”

Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tres said health and safety checks were made to en­sure the rein­deer were com­fort­able and came to no harm.

An­i­mal Aid cam­paign man­ager Tod Brad­bury said: “Rein­deer should be liv­ing free in the tun­dra, not placed in a busy street.

“Not only is it cruel to trans­port these of­ten shy, re­served an­i­mals around the coun­try and force them into stress­ful en­vi­ron­ments, it also gives the wrong im­pres­sion to the pub­lic – in par­tic­u­lar, young chil­dren. It teaches them that an­i­mals are mere props and dec­o­ra­tions, rather than sen­tient be­ings de­serv­ing of re­spect.

“We are ab­so­lutely sure that Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tre’s mo­tives were re­lated to bring­ing fes­tive joy to lo­cal res­i­dents. How­ever, this can be achieved with­out putting the well-be­ing of an­i­mals at risk.”

A spokesper­son for Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tres (WGC) said: “The rein­deer pa­rade is ac­tu­ally a part of our Christ­mas Char­ity Grotto of which all mon­eys raised by WGC go to lo­cal char­i­ties.

“The pa­rade is an ac­tiv­ity that lo­cals within the ar­eas of which they’re run­ning look for­ward to ev­ery year, mak­ing this a fun-filled safe ac­tiv­ity for all to en­joy.

“Health and safety checks are thor­oughly made be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the pa­rade to en­sure that the rein­deers in­volved in the pa­rade are com­fort­able and in no harm in any­way.”

The rein­deer pa­rade through Lind­ley will set off from the Chil­dren’s Book Shop on Lind­ley at 2pm.

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