Groups join forces to protest use of animals at Olympics

Posted on the 21st June 2012

Animal Aid has joined with five leading animal protection groups to protest against the use of live animals in the Olympics opening ceremony. A joint letter has been sent to Bill Morris, Olympics Director of Ceremonies objecting on the grounds of animal suffering, presenting a false picture of modern industrial farming and lack of imagination. The letter’s co-signatories are: Animal Defenders International, Captive Animals Protection Society, CIWF, PETA and Viva.

The opening ceremony will reportedly feature sheep, cows, horses, chickens and ducks in an idyllic pastoral scene. But it is hard to imagine a more inappropriate setting for animals than amid an 80,000-strong thunderous crowd while fireworks are being set off.

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