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Camel Falls Into Pageant Crowd (Video)

Written by PETA | December 14, 2010

A camel who was being used in a Christmas pageant at First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, fell into the audience after stumbling when her handler attempted to force her to lie down.


Thankfully, the camel, LulaBell, wasn’t hurt (nor were the stunned folks she fell on), but other animals used in passion plays, live Nativity scenes, and holiday photo ops haven’t fared so well. Animals have been savagely beaten, hit and killed by cars after bolting, sexually assaulted, suffocated, and stolen and slaughtered.

We understand that LulaBell was rented from a company called Animals in Motion. The company’s owner, Tim Rivers, has a history involving illegal animal trafficking, cruelty to animals, and U.S. Department of Agriculture violations.

We’ve called on First Baptist Church to stop using animals in displays, events, and so on. If a church in your area uses live animals in holiday promotions, please politely urge it to end the practice and to give animals a reason to celebrate too.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

Commenting is closed.
  • Sarah McGee says:

    “Churches” and “Christians” who are not compassionate toward animals (God’s creatures) are missing the whole point.

  • Claudia says:

    it is an absurd. What kind of Church is this that does not respect animals rights?????

  • Alexa1234 says:

    I swear, just us humans are so cruel! Why can’t we love the world!?

  • paula says:


  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Many years ago I appeared in the Glory of Christmas pageant at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, which is not being performed this year due to the church being in bankruptcy.  With all of the camels, donkeys, sheep, horses, and in later years big cats (playing Herod’s “pets”) on stage it is a wonder to me that no mishaps occured.  When large animals are up on stage being handled by inexperienced actors anything can happen.