As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 20 January 2019

Organisers are forced to cancel event which offered visitors the chance to ice skate alongside live penguins after uproar from TV vet, actor and animal rights activists

Animal rights activists urged the venue to cancel the event next Saturday  
PETA had sent a detailed letter to event organisers asking them to stop it
A petition had also been launched in order to persuade organisers to pull it 
PUBLISHED: 19:02, 12 January 2019 | UPDATED: 00:54, 13 January 2019

Organisers of an event which offered visitors the chance to skate alongside penguins have been forced to cancel after uproar from animal rights groups.
Londoners would have had the opportunity to share an ice rink with five Humboldt penguins at the Queens Skate Dine Bowl, in West London.  
The cute animals were set to waddle onto the rink, based near Bayswater station on Saturday January 19, however the event has now been pulled after groups such as PETA and Humane Society International called for the event to be cancelled, as well as swimmer Lewis Pugh and TV vet Marc Abrahams.
PETA said that the penguins would 'experience stress' due to the amount of humans that would have been present at the event.
The birds would have been enclosed in their own purpose built pen where a hip height barrier was to separate them from the other skaters.
Guests were told they had the chance to come face to face with the penguins between 4-8pm, with it being just adults after 7pm. All profits from the event were set to go towards BirdLife international, a bird conservation charity and the skate sessions were in aid of Penguin Awareness Day.
Lewis Pugh, who is a swimmer and ocean advocate had tweeted: 'This is terrible idea. What an inappropriate way to mark #PenguinAppreciationDay'. This is while Marc Abraham urged people to sign a petition to get the event cancelled.
The venue said: 'Penguin Awareness Day at QUEENS has been cancelled. The event was intended as a non-profit, educational & accessible experience to increase awareness and education about this beloved engaged sea-bird, with monies to be raised for BirdLife International. 'Sadly due to the concerns raised by various animal protection groups including PETA & Freedom for Animals – we have had to cancel the event in the interest of the penguins & our guests.' 

Ed note: I should think so too. Appalling idea.

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