PETA follows attack on Bents with criticism of Garson's garden centre reindeer

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote to Garsons Farm, in Esher, Surrey to call for reindeer to not be used for Christmas promotions.

Campaign co-ordinator Kirsty Henderson said: "Using live animals in these sorts of events sends a damaging message to young people that animals are little more than living props.

"There are many other ways the people of Surrey could celebrate the holidays that would be far more in keeping with the Christmas spirit than by treating scared animals like decorations.

"The whole phenomenon of taking reindeer out on the road, putting them in pens and treating them as if they were just Christmas decorations is unacceptable, and we should not be encouraging such an unethical and abusive trend."

Garsons said the reindeer are well cared for in a large area and were supplied by a farmer in Twyford who saved them from culls in Norway and Sweden.

Bents underwent similar criticism last week.

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