Drop Live Animals from 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Target: Bill Morris, Director of the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Goal: To eliminate the use of live animals in the Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremonies for this year’s 2012 summer Olympics in London is set to occur on July 27th. The performance is scheduled to include horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, sheep and sheep dogs. All of these animals are considered “prey animals,” which have an instinctual tendency to flee when they feel distressed. The nature of the ceremonies will include things like lights, cheering spectators, and sounds, which can all have a stressful effect on animals like these.

It is natural for animals to want to remove themselves or hide from a terrifying situation, and forcing them to perform may cause them intentional fear and distress. This will potentially make the organizers of the event subject to prosecution under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act.

Several animal protection groups have asked for the animals to be removed from the show.  These organizations include Peta, Animal Aid, Animal Defenders International, Captive Animals Protection Society, Compassion in World Farming, and Viva. It is unfair and cruel to these animals to be used in such an overwhelming production which has the possibility of causing them enormous stress. Many citizens of the UK have also voiced their opposition, asking the Director to avoid exploiting the animals for entertainment that may be viewed as a misrepresentation of the British farming industry.

Urge Bill Morris, the Director of the London Opening Ceremonies to drop live animals from the show.  Other alternative animatronics or puppets would be a safer and friendlier alternative that would still be able to represent animals in the show. It is unnecessary to put them in this sort of situation.


Dear Director Bill Morris,

The use of live animals in the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies is cruel and unfair.  These animals will be subjected to cheering fans, noise, and lights which have the potential of causing them enormous stress and fear. This can trigger an instinctual flight response which will cause further stress in the overwhelming environment of the ceremonies.

While the Olympics are an exciting time for all the nations of the world, it is unnecessary to use real animals in this performance. Instead, animatronics or puppets would be a safer, friendlier alternative.

Please remove them from the show and avoid causing intentional stress to these animals who don’t belong in this sort of situation. They do not deserve to be exploited for entertainment.


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Photo Credit: Colin Smith

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