Animal Aid

Christmas Without Cruelty

Every December, Animal Aid's Living Without Cruelty campaign is promoted with an easy guide to a cruelty-free Christmas. We also stage Animal Aid's Christmas Fayre in central London, which is packed with gifts to buy and delicious food, plus talks by well-known speakers and a children's play area.

Whilst being a fun and positive event, it does carry a serious message. Christmas is meant to be a season of peace and goodwill, yet for many animals it is a time of extreme suffering and exploitation. Millions of turkeys are slaughtered for Christmas dinner, along with ducks, geese, pigs, lambs and chickens. Puppies and kittens are given away as presents, then often neglected or discarded by new owners when the novelty has worn off. Prettily packaged cosmetics and toiletries make nice presents, but were probably cruelly tested on animals. Rabbits and foxes have their fur stripped from them to be turned into clothing and accessories.

But it doesn't have to be that way! Follow our easy tips for a cruelty-free Christmas and you can give gorgeous gifts, eat delicious food and party in style without hurting animals.

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