For Immediate Release:
28 November 2016


PETA Calls On Lord Mayor to Keep Live Animals out of Holiday Festivities

Brisbane – Animal protection group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to stop being a Grinch to animals and ban the use of live reindeer in any further Christmas in the City events.

“Using live animals in these events sends a damaging message to young people that animals are little more than props”, PETA Campaign Coordinator Claire Fryer says. “There are many cruelty free ways for the people of Brisbane to celebrate the holidays that would be far more in keeping with the Christmas spirit than treating scared animals like decorations.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that a busy mall, filled with visitors and excited children, is an entirely unsuitable environment for reindeer. These beautiful animals belong in the Arctic and subarctic regions of the world. When used as holiday “props”, they’re denied the opportunity to engage in their natural behaviours or roam freely as they would in their native habitat.

The Council’s nightly Christmas parade is set to run from December 16 until Christmas eve.

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