, 2022-12-14 12:03:39,
rory sheehan, local democracy reporter
Flintshire Council is ending the use of live animals for entertainment at its events across the county.
The ban on the practice will mean that reindeer and donkeys will no longer be used at events organized by the council, such as the lighting of Christmas lights, and includes the use of birds, dogs, reptiles and invertebrates such as spiders, scorpions, crustaceans or molluscs.
Exceptions will be made for the use of animals for educational purposes in schools and dog agility events, provided that steps are taken to ensure their welfare.
The motion was introduced at a full meeting of Flintshire Council by Buckley Bistre West Cllr Dan Rose (Laboratory), seconded by Ward Member Cllr Carolyn Preece (Laboratory).
Despite the commitment, there may be certain events organized by third parties that may not, in principle, be supported by the council, but the authority may still be required by law to issue a license if all relevant conditions are met.
Introducing the motion, Cllr Rose said: “Animal welfare is an issue that I know is close to the hearts of all of us in the chamber.
“We have long since left behind cockfighting, bullrings and chained dancing bears, but today in our communities there are still animals that suffer needlessly for entertainment.
“Today we can put an end to that and keep Rudolph safe this…
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