Tuesday 28 February 2017

Protest fears cancel penguin show

A shopping centre cancelled a live penguin show after fears animal rights protesters may stage a demonstration
A shopping centre cancelled a live penguin show after fears animal rights protesters may stage a demonstration

A shopping centre cancelled a show involving live penguins amid fears wildlife protesters would stage a demonstration.

The open air Riverside Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was due to stage the event involving the animals.

But a statement on its website said it had been cancelled because the centre "could not guarantee the absence of a demonstration".

The move comes after an event involving live penguins at world-renowned toy shop Hamleys in London was cancelled after it sparked fury from protesters.

A statement on Riverside's website said: "Riverside Shopping Centre regrets to inform you that the live penguin event on Saturday 11th December will now be cancelled.

"It has come to our attention that there may be a demonstration risk from wildlife protesters regarding the event and although this is not guaranteed the safety and enjoyment of our customers' shopping experience is our only interest."

The statement said the centre had adhered to all the rules and regulations for the penguins' appearance.

It added: "In summary, Riverside Shopping Centre has adhered to all regulations with regards to the event. It is renowned for its peaceful shopping atmosphere and as we cannot guarantee the absence of a demonstration we are not prepared to put the safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of our customers at risk.

"We apologise for any disappointment this may cause to our shoppers."

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