Cuddle-a-koala charity event to raise money for farmers is cancelled after Animal Justice Party said animals shouldn’t be used to raise money for industry that kills livestock
- The Cuddle-a-koala event was organised by members of the Shoalhaven Zoo
- People would be able to cuddle, pat the koalas and donate gold coin for farmers
- Money would go to ‘buy a bale’ campaign for farmers to buy food for animals
- Animal Justice Party leader Julie Power said event would ‘traumatise’ the animals
- On Friday, the zoo cancelled the event ‘due to unforeseen circumstances’
A charity event organised to raise funds for struggling farmers has been cancelled after outrage from animal rights activists.
The Cuddle-a-koala event was organised by members of Shoalhaven Zoo, on the south coast of NSW, at Warrawong Plaza for Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The fundraiser would allow people to cuddle koalas and pat them while donating a gold coin for farmers suffering in drought conditions.
The money would go to the ‘buy a bale’ campaign to assist farmers in purchasing food for their animals.
The fundraiser would allow people to cuddle koalas and pat them while donating a gold coin for farmers suffering in drought conditions (stock)
Animal Justice Party Illawarra regional group leader Julie Power said the event would ‘traumatise’ the animals (stock)
Animal Justice Party Illawarra regional group leader Julie Power said the event would ‘traumatise’ the animals.
‘Koalas are wild animals,’ she told The Illawarra Mercury.
‘They should not be wheeled out in front of large crowds to be touched, poked and prodded for profit, no matter the cause.
‘It must also be recognised that this event promotes traumatising animals to raise money for the cruel animal agriculture industry, who we know abuse and slaughter animals on a daily basis.
‘Events such as this don’t provide meaningful or natural interaction.’
On Friday, the zoo announced the event was cancelled due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.
‘Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel our Koala experience,’ they wrote on Facebook.
‘We are still holding our Buy a Bale fundraiser to raise money for our drought stricken farmers.
‘So if you would like to donate and put your hay bale sticker on the wall visit Concierge this weekend.’
A spokeswoman would not confirm to the publication that the cancellation was due to the criticism from the animal rights activists.
The Cuddle-a-koala fundraiser event was organised to raise funds for struggling farmers (stock)