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Don't let Santa uproot reindeer from their natural habitat!

PUBLISHED: 16:39 24 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:17 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, AS CHRISTMAS approaches, reindeer are being transported to be used as entertainment in parades, Santa's grottos and other festive events. Uprooting reindeer from their natural habitat and keeping them in captivity causes significant health and welfare problems

Don't let Santa uproot reindeer from their natural habitat!

Dear Ed,

AS CHRISTMAS approaches, reindeer are being transported up and down the country to be used as entertainment in parades, Santa's grottos and other festive events.

Uprooting reindeer from their natural habitat and keeping them in captivity in this way causes significant health and welfare problems, according to research at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. It is thought to be linked to the recent increase in deaths in young reindeer, including seven which died from liver and gut flukes in Shropshire and another which died from a lung disease on a farm near Winchester.

Quite simply, reindeer are not suited to living in the UK. Animal Aid urges people to be compassionate this Christmas, and choose cruelty-free entertainment.

We urge people to be compassionate this Christmas and choose cruelty-free entertainment. For a free guide to having a Compassionate Christmas, please contact Animal Aid on 01732 364546 or

Ashley Owen

Animal Aid

The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge

Kent TN9 1AW

01732-364546

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