The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California, is exhibiting reindeer at its Festival of Lights display through January 8.

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What’s wrong with this? These undomesticated animals—their wild instincts still very much intact—are transported to and from the hotel each weekend and are constantly subjected to strange noises and sights, flashing cameras, and crowds trying to pet them. PETA contacted the hotel’s owners and urged them to cancel this exhibit, but our request has been ignored.

Don’t forget that animals used in such traveling exhibits are cruelly carted from one event to the next during the holiday season. Deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, they often become despondent and develop neurotic and self-destructive behaviors, including pacing, rocking, swaying, bar-biting, and self-mutilation. Such events also pose risks to public health, as reindeer can transmit numerous diseases to humans, such as contagious ecthyma, brucellosis, anthrax, salmonellosis, rabies, toxoplasmosis, sarcoptic mange, and ringworm.

Please contact the Mission Inn and politely ask it to cancel this cruel exhibit.

Send polite comments to:

Duane Roberts, CEO
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
[email protected]

Shannon Mueller
Executive Assistant
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

E-mail us at [email protected] to let us know how your call or e-mail went, and we’ll give you 500 points.

Thanks for speaking up for reindeer!