Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds: Christmas Fayre organisers come under fire for use of live animals

12:00 15 August 2013

Last year's Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Reindeer in the Abbey Gardens.

Last year's Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Reindeer in the Abbey Gardens.

(c) copyright citizenside.com

An animal welfare organisation is urging a council to stop using live animals at one of the country’s biggest festive events.

Last year's Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Reindeer in the Abbey Gardens.Last year's Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Reindeer in the Abbey Gardens.

Animal Defenders International wants St Edmundsbury Borough Council to put an end to the use of animals at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, which attracts tens of thousands of people.

Live animals have featured at the event before, and this year the reindeer will be back as well as a living nativity outside St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Animal Defenders International campaigns against the use of animals for entertainment purposes.

Jan Creamer, chief executive at Animal Defenders International, said: “Animal Defenders International is dismayed at St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s plans to use reindeer as well as alpacas, donkeys and sheep at its living nativity.

“Frequent transportation, disruption of daily routines and separation from companions are standard practice for animals used for events of this kind and the stress can lead to animal health issues such as reduced immune efficiency.

“We urge the council to reconsider its position and adopt a policy of not using live animals for this and future events.”

But a spokeswoman for the borough council said live animals would still be at this year’s fair. “We are satisfied with the welfare standards of the animals at the Christmas Fayre,” she said.

Angie Greenaway, of Animal Defenders International, said the organisation contacted the borough council in April about its concerns. She said as they had had no response they had asked their supporters to contact the council as well.

The borough council spokeswoman said: “We will be replying to the organisation.”

The town centre business improvement group Bid4Bury has also used live animals at events it has organised in the town, for example the Christmas lights switch-on.

Bid4Bury chief executive Mark Cordell said: “The safety and welfare of animals for any event or entertainment purposes is of paramount importance to us and we only work with reputable companies whose priorities are the same as ours.”

0 comments

An Ipswich shopkeeper who sold “legal highs” with labelling which failed to give customers information about the use and risks of taking them has been given a community order.

Father Christmas and his friends from the Ipswich Round Table are preparing for the 2016 Rudolph Run but what route will they take this year and when will they visit your street?

Christchurch Mansion, Fore Street Swimming Pool and the Town Hall are just a handful of Ipswich’s prestigious buildings set to be opened up for filming as part of the Screen Suffolk deal under latest plans by town bosses.

Inspired snappers in Kesgrave enjoyed the summer sun and braved the wintry weather to share their stills in the latest Kesgrave Photography Competition.

A man from Hadleigh has been arrested in connection with a house robbery in which two residents were tied up.

A record proportion of schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in Suffolk, new figures show.

A university accommodation block in Ipswich was evacuated yesterday after a fire broke out in a communal area.

A prickly addition to a church Christmas tree festival is celebrating Suffolk’s pioneering role in hedgehog preservation.

A Conservative MP will fight to be the mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in elections due to be held next year.

East Anglians are among the 930 new names in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who, which will be published on Monday.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24