It's interesting (and horrifying) to examine how UK animal welfare laws change when applied to different species. It's rightly illegal to slit a dog's throat, or hang a cat upside down and run it through a pool of electrified water. It's horrible to even consider. But when it comes to pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals, those actions are routine.
The Grandview Aquarium inside a shopping mall in Guangzhou is housing animals in poor living conditions leading to many experiencing poor welfare. But the situation for these animals is not new in China, it does in fact reflect the general situation for many thousands of animals languishing within poorly run, inadequate ocean parks across the country.
In just a few months, Orange Planet Pictures will release a film to reveal the life of a person we believe to be of great significance in 21st Century animal welfare. 'To The Moon and Back' summates the life of Jill Robinson who has worked within China and Vietnam to bring an end to the unimaginable horrors of bear bile farming...
Yet another one of the world's most incredible species is now critically endangered according to the International Union for Nature Conservation's (IUCN) latest assessment. Having now joined their Sumatran cousins on the list, the issues causing their degradation have been brought into the spotlight once more.
I think it would be a just assessment to say that The Colonel lost ... both the cucumber and his dignity. And I also think it would be fair to say that I shall be needing to take a trip to M & S very soon in order to stock up on supplies. Of pants. Not cucumbers. We are going to stick to purchasing lettuce for a wee while.