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10, September 2019

Campaign to stop politicians being given away as fairground prizes

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It's not advisable to keep more than one politician in the same environment as they may fight. Or worse - breed

It’s not advisable to keep more than one politician in the same environment as they may fight. Or worse – breed

Kata Kultakala, 23, from Ingleborough says she loves fairgrounds but thinks the practice of giving away politicians as prizes is cruel and should stop.

She said: “I know it’s traditional but in the 21st century we should be more humane. People just see them as politicians but they are sentient beings, too. Mostly.”

Fairground owner Frank Smittlefield said: “I’m proud of the way we look after all our prizes. People come back years later and tell us how well their politician is doing.

“In the right habitat they can live for years. We make a point of telling people, if they’re not happy with their politician to bring them back.”

But Kata is not convinced. “If they were kittens, people would be up in arms about it. Just because they’re not fluffy and cute, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about them.

“They’re even given away as a consolation prize and I’ve heard people say the most terrible things about politicians. They find it deeply distressing. They have feelings, too. Mostly.

“They’re kept in cramped conditions and fished out when someone wins a prize. Most of them have a very short life in captivity.

“They need the wide open spaces of the debating chamber and the freedom to creatively fill out an expenses form.

Ms Kultakala feels so strongly about it she has started an online petition which already has over seven signatures. She is aiming to get over ten and hopes the matter will be taken up by the RSPCA.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We will consider any petition asking for help for our dumb friends but we have to draw the line somewhere.”

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