PETA brands staff at £13,620-a-year private prep school as bad as 'RACISTS' over plan to buy four alpacas for the children to look after

  • PETA called St Edwards School's Cheltenham staff as bad as 'sexists and racists'
  • The school applied to add alpacas and micro pigs to their farm to the council  
  • The new animals will be added to the prep school Farm Club for students
  • PETA has urged the Cheltenham Borough Council to reject the school's request 

Animal rights organisation PETA has branded teachers of a private prep school as bad as 'sexists and racists' to buy four alpacas as pets.

St Edwards School's Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire, where students pay £13,620 a year, currently have two alpacas - a mother Ariel and its baby Cria - a brood of chickens and a herd of goats.

Now the school has made an application to Cheltenham Borough Council to add two small alpacas, four castrated micro pigs, as well as 12 poultry birds for egg-laying.

The new additions will be added to the school's farmyard where the animals are petted by the children for half an hour each day during the school's Farm Club.

PETA has branded teachers of St Edwards School's Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire, as bad as 'sexists and racists' to buy four alpacas as pets

PETA has branded teachers of St Edwards School's Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire, as bad as 'sexists and racists' to buy four alpacas as pets

But activists PETA have slammed the private school calling them 'speciesist'. 

PETA's Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi said in a statement to MailOnline: 'Like sexism, racism, and all other toxic "isms", speciesism – the idea that other species are here for humans to treat as toys or props, use, and abuse – has no place in an educational institution.' 

'St Edward's Cheltenham should not be teaching children to view animals as objects for their amusement but rather be instructing them in what we know today about their sentience, intelligence, emotional life, and behavioural needs.'

'Responsible parents should question the ethics of arranging for infant animals to be taken from their loving mothers and sold to the highest bidder. 

'PETA urges Cheltenham Borough Council to reject the school's animal "wish list", and we're rushing some of our humane education packs to the school, in the hope that teachers and students alike will be inspired to replace lessons in insensitivity with ones in respect and kindness.' 

A post on the school's website said: 'Having the Farm onsite allows us to provide our pupils with hands-on experience of caring for animals.' 

The private prep school (pictured), where students pay £13,620 a year, have made an application to Cheltenham Borough Council to add two small alpacas, four castrated micro pigs, as well as 12 poultry birds for egg-laying

The private prep school (pictured), where students pay £13,620 a year, have made an application to Cheltenham Borough Council to add two small alpacas, four castrated micro pigs, as well as 12 poultry birds for egg-laying

Currently the school has two alpacas - a mother Ariel and its baby Cria (pictured) - brood of chickens and a herd of goats

Currently the school has two alpacas - a mother Ariel and its baby Cria (pictured) - brood of chickens and a herd of goats

'We encourage all our pupils to be mindful of their environmental responsibility and have respect for the world around them. 

The post continued: 'Farm Club is just one of the ways in which we can help to further their understanding of the importance of environmental issues. 

'Members of the Club take responsibility for a variety of tasks including cleaning out the enclosures, replenishing water and hay, and giving the animals food.    

PETA's Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi slammed the private school calling them 'speciesist' ¿ the idea that other species are here for humans to treat as toys or props, use, and abuse

PETA's Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi slammed the private school calling them 'speciesist' – the idea that other species are here for humans to treat as toys or props, use, and abuse

A post on the school's website said: 'Farm Club is just one of the ways in which we can help to further their understanding of the importance of environmental issues. It also said: 'Having the Farm onsite allows us to provide our pupils with hands-on experience of caring for animals'

A post on the school's website said: 'Farm Club is just one of the ways in which we can help to further their understanding of the importance of environmental issues. It also said: 'Having the Farm onsite allows us to provide our pupils with hands-on experience of caring for animals'

'We encourage all our pupils to be mindful of their environmental responsibility and have respect for the world around them. 

MailOnline has approached St Edwards School's Cheltenham for comment. 

Alpacas are far more expensive than the typical class hamster - female alpacas cost between £3,000 and £10,000, while male studs can go for as much as £50,000.

The posh school - set in 45 acres of land - even has an on-site farmer to soil the paddock twice a day and a pest controller who inspects the farm every week.

PETA Cheltenham brands private prep school teachers as bad as 'racists'

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