Freedom for Animals

Protecting Animals at Christmas

Each year, reindeer, penguins and other animals are transported across the country to be displayed at Christmas events, under bright lights and in front of noisy crowds. Protecting Animals at Christmas seeks an end to animals being used for our entertainment.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124436)

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Events that use animals for public display are sadly on the rise. Our work has highlighted serious welfare concerns for animals used in such events, including: stress during transportation; being displayed for hours at a time with nowhere to retreat; being made to ‘perform’; and visible signs of distress during handling. A supplier has even spoken out against the importation of reindeer to the UK, stating that they are not suited to captivity and suffer in our climate.


We will work directly with local authorities, supporting and empowering them to ban companies who use animals in entertainment from running Christmas events on their land. Through reducing the locations in which such companies can operate, we hope to directly impact the number of events run and the number of animals who are currently exploited. Ultimately, we wish to see an end to such events and the suffering that they cause.