ANIMAL rights activists want to cancel a Christmas reindeer parade because it says the animals should be living in the Arctic tundra.
Organisers have pointed out the animals already roam free in a wild herd in Scotland all year round.
Bungling staff from the The Animal Aid have called for an end to the Lincoln Reindeer Parade in Lincoln, England.
The parade is loved by thousands of children and events organisers said the animals are “relaxed and comfortable” in public.
But Tod Bradbury from Animal Aid wants the animals sent to the freezing Arctic tundra instead.
Event organiser, Matt Corrigan, said: “We would like to point out that the reindeer we hire in Lincoln come from a free-range herd.
“Each individual reindeer will only do a couple of weeks work before returning back to their mountain home.
“We provide teams of reindeer who are trained to pull sleighs and are relaxed and comfortable even in busy public situations.”
The animals come from the 150-strong Cairngorm Reindeer herd, Britain’s only free-range herd and roam free in the Scottish Cairngorm mountains.
But Tod Bradbury from Animal Aid insisted the animals should be free in the Arctic tundra instead.
He said: “The event gives the wrong impression to the public – in particular, young children.
“It teaches them that animals are mere props and decorations, rather than sentient beings deserving of respect.
“Reindeer should be living free in the tundra.”