Local Authorities who WILL NOT be using Live Animals in their Festive Events in 2022

Animal Aid wrote to over 400 local authorities in the UK, asking about their plans for Christmas events in 2022. We let them know about the health and welfare impacts that festive events can have on animals, such as reindeer, and asked them to choose kindness by avoiding the use of live animals.  

Please check to see if your council is on our list below of local authorities who have confirmed to Animal Aid that they are not planning to use reindeer or any other animals as part of their festive events.

Reindeer at council switch-one event

Reindeer at council Christmas lights switch-on event in 2021

If your local authority is not on one of the lists below, please politely contact them and ask them not to use animals in their events this Christmas.

You may want to use our template letter  to help you.  

 

Template letter to your local council

The following local Authorities have confirmed they will not be using live animals in their festive events and will not be granting permission for other festive event organisers to use animals on council owned land in 2022. These progressive councils also do not use live animals as part of a long-term commitment.  

  • Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Chelmsford City Council 
  • Erewash Borough Council 
  • Four Marks Parish Council 
  • Gwynedd County Council 
  • Hart District Council 
  • Herefordshire Council 
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Lancaster City Council 
  • London Borough of Enfield 
  • Maidstone Borough Council 
  • Mendip District Council 
  • North Northamptonshire 
  • North Somerset Council 
  • Plymouth City Council 
  • Portsmouth City Council 
  • Richmondshire District Council 
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich 
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council 
  • Swale Borough Council 
  • Thanet District Council 
  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Vale of White Horse District Council 
  • Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council 
  • West Lindsey District Council 

The following local Authorities have confirmed they will not be using live animals in their festive events and also will not be granting permission for other festive event organisers to use animals on council owned land in 2022. 

  • Adur and Worthing Borough Council
  • Argyll & Bute Council
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Brighton and Hove City Council 
  • Carlisle City Council 
  • Craven District Council 
  • Crawley Borough Council 
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council 
  • East Suffolk Council 
  • East Sussex County Council 
  • Falkirk Council 
  • Gravesham Borough Council 
  • Harrogate Borough Council 
  • Lichfield District Council (Separate from Litchfield Town Council) 
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • Luton Borough Council 
  • Mole Valley District Council
  • North Tyneside Council 
  • Oxford City Council 
  • Ribble Valley Borough Council 
  • Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Thurrock Council
  • Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

The following Local Authorities have confirmed they will not be using live animals in council organised festive events in 2022. 

  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • Barnoldswick Council 
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Basildon Borough Council 
  • Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council 
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council 
  • Bewdley Town Council 
  • Blaenavon Town Council 
  • Bracknell Forest Council 
  • Breckland District Council 
  • Broxtowe Borough Council 
  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Castle Point Borough Council
  • Cheltenham Borough Council 
  • Chorley Council 
  • Darlington Borough Council 
  • Dartford Borough Council 
  • Derby City Council 
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Dundee City Council
  • East Lindsey District Council 
  • East Lothian Council
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council 
  • Eastbourne Council 
  • Edinburgh City Council 
  • Epping Forest District Council 
  • Fareham Borough Council 
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council 
  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council 
  • Froyle Parish Council 
  • Fylde Borough Council 
  • Gedling Borough Council 
  • Grayshott Parish Council 
  • Harborough District Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council 
  • Hinckley & Bosworth District Council 
  • Inverclyde Council 
  • Ipswich Borough Council 
  • Isle of Anglesey County Council 
  • Leicester City Council 
  • London Borough of Croydon 
  • London Borough of Ealing 
  • London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 
  • London Borough of Lewisham
  • London Borough of Newham 
  • London Borough of Redbridge 
  • Malvern Hills District Council
  • Mid Sussex District Council
  • Mid Ulster District Council 
  • Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council 
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • North Devon Council 
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council 
  • Northampton Town Council 
  • Norwich City Council 
  • Nuneaton & Bedworth Council 
  • Oadby and Wigston District Council 
  • Peterborough City Council 
  • Ponthir Community Council 
  • Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Rother District Council 
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Rutland County Council 
  • Ryedale District Council 
  • Scarborough Borough Council 
  • Sedgemoor District Council 
  • Sevenoaks District Council 
  • Somerset West and Taunton
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council 
  • South Ribble Borough Council
  • South Somerset District Council 
  • South Tyneside Council (Currently working on an Animal Charter with North East Animal Rights) 
  • Stafford Borough Council 
  • Swansea Council 
  • Torbay Council
  • Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) 
  • Wield Parish Council 
  • Wiltshire Council
  • Wychavon District Council

Please let us know if you get a response from your council. 

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Thank you for taking this action for animals used in festive events.