Protestors launch campaign to ban camel parade

Protestors on South Tyneside have set up a petition to try and bring an end to the annual Camel Parade.

The event sees three of the animals walk through South Shields as part of festive celebrations. Almost 80,000 people have signed to try and stop it, arguing that animals should not be used as entertainment.

South Tyneside Council say the camels are carefully managed to ensure their health and wellbeing.

The Parade will start at 5pm on Friday 2nd December. The event will also feature drumming group Spark! as they make their way down the illuminated Ocean Road to the town’s seafront.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with special responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: