It is worrying to see real reindeer in Christmas parades and Santa’s grottos.

It is fun for young ones to see animals. However, uprooting reindeer from their natural habitat, bringing them to captivity in the UK, transporting them up and down the country on public display causes health problems.

Our warmer weather and the food they are forced to eat here differ from the climate and diet to which they are adapted.

These majestic creatures shouldn’t be used as props in garden and shopping centre displays or forced to traipse along high streets pulling a sleigh.

They belong in the tundra, eating lichen and roaming the wilds.

Claudia Tarry, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent