The Todd in the Hole Music Festival plan to have camel racing at their event on 21st and 22nd July.
Camels run fast only when in danger and are easily spooked by loud or unexpected noises, so they can be skittish and unpredictable. Involving them in loud public events also presents a potentially hazardous situation for bystanders. The liability risk associated with using live animals is very real.
PETA, who have expressed concern over this event, said, "Ms Allen said: "Camels deserve our respect, not to be used as wind-up toys for our amusement. Removing these races from the Todd in the Hole Festival would do nothing to diminish the community's enjoyment of the event – for these sensitive animals, though, it would make a world of difference."
Organisers could drop camel racing and substitute in an unusual English activity such as barrel racing, toe wrestling or mud racing.