Example Letter to Organisers who may Consider using Live Animals at a Festive Event

Below is an example letter to send to an event organiser. If you can, please personalise it, as personal letters will have more impact. 

Dear [event organiser], 

As a local resident, I am writing to ask whether you plan to use reindeer or other live animals, in your Christmas events this year? I would also like to take the opportunity to express my opposition to the use of live animals in such events and ask you to choose animal-free alternatives. 

The bright lights and noise from large crowds at festive events can be frightening and overwhelming for animals. Often forced to endure constant contact with the public, as well as long and stressful journeys, the animal’s health and welfare can suffer as a result.  

Reindeer are sensitive wild animals who are adapted to live in a cold climate, however in the UK they are unable to roam the vast distances that they would in their natural home in Arctic tundra. As herding animals, some species migrate up to 3,000 miles a year. This is a hugely different existence to those kept in captivity, where they are often fed an unsuitable diet by inexperienced handlers.  

Animal Aid’s undercover investigations into several UK reindeer farms revealed appalling suffering behind the scenes, including deliberate abuse and obvious signs of poor health. Animal Aid and other animal welfare groups raise concerns each year about the welfare of reindeer used in festive events and the RSPCA asks the public to choose events which do not include live animals.  

My family and I would really like to attend your festive celebrations this year, so would be grateful for your reassurance that you will not be using live reindeer or other captive animals at your events? As an event organiser, you have the power to make decisions that can positively affect animals used for entertainment. Please choose kindness.  

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours faithfully, 


[Your name here]
Local resident