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Activists, RSPCA differ on Qld Xmas parade

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 David Sigston

An animal rights group preparing to protest against deer, donkeys, sheep and camels being used in a nightly Brisbane Christmas parade won't find much support from the RSPCA.

The parade, organised by Brisbane City Council (BCC) and department store David Jones, has been running since last Friday.

Animal Liberation Qld say they are planning to protest in King George Square on Thursday night, but both the BCC and the RSPCA say there are no welfare concerns over the treatment of the animals.

The red deer are locally bred and according to the BCC the animals have been "acclimatised to Queensland's summer heat".

Animals have featured in the parade for the past five years and the safety and wellbeing of patrons and animals are "our top priority" says a BCC spokesman.

An RSPCA spokesman told AAP they were satisfied with the care and welfare of the animals.

Animal Liberation Qld Vice President Gayle D'Arcy said it was "regrettable" the parade featured animals.

Ms D'arcy said it was "surprising" that the RSPCA had no concerns about the welfare of the animals.

"Parading animals in crowded city streets isn't showing them real compassion, and isn't showing compassion, the true spirit of Christmas," Ms D'Arcy told AAP.

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