"Dad, are you ok?" My 12-year old son glanced at my shopping basket, and then looked back up at me, his expression a combination of confusion and con...
It would be a peculiar person that tried to argue that puppies are not adorably cute and fluffy. Thousands of pets for sale adverts flooding the internet show that pictures of puppies rarely fail to look sweet, they succeed in pulling on our heart strings and opening our purses. Cute sells.
It's never been easier to buy a puppy. The puppy farming industry is huge. In the past, many people bought from pet shops, or local ads, and that still happens, but nowadays, there are thousands of online sites listing millions of puppies for sale around the world, offering a smorgasbord of misery. The scale is mind boggling and hideous if, like me, you loathe the way our relationship with dogs has been infected by a consumerist, disposable way of life.
Every day, ivory poachers tear apart elephant families for their tusks. But for young elephants who are still reliant on their mothers for milk, a mother lost to poaching can mean a death sentence too...
Barnacle Geese are a species which I personally was taken aback by. If any of you have seen the new series called 'Life Story,' presented by Sir David Attenborough, then you know very well that this species in particular is one which leaves you utterly mesmerized. Check it out the video below.
What I dislike is the lack of regulation, and the rise of start-up companies with neither the knowledge nor experience to share such specialist animals with the public. The problem with animal encounter companies can be split broadly into two main areas: animal welfare, and, public safety.
What a curious thing curiosity is. When we recently moved to our new home in rural Herefordshire we were accompanied by our cat Cokie. After three days he was nowhere to be found. We assumed, sadly, that he had set off on a futile effort to retrace his steps to his native London.
Last year, while I was home alone, I had discovered something that sent a wave of shock through me. I had ventured into the basement for a work out when it was to my dismayed surprise that I noticed a very old robin stuck in our window well. I knew he was old because he he had grey tufts of hair surrounding his head like a halo, and the poor little guy didn't move very much.
Otto's a quintessential Shar Pei (a rare Chinese breed of dogs, highly intelligent and intuitive. They were traditionally used as guard dogs.) His enormous face is not un-hippo-like. It seems altogether too large for his body. Otto rarely barks.
The easier you can make it for people the better, if they can do it by just watching the content and your content is good then the battle is already won. In the past few weeks two online campaigns have executed this perfectly by utilizing two of the most popular things on the Internet: puppies & pornography.
Attacking me and accusing me of hating and killing animals is utterly ridiculous. I absolutely adore animals, but at the end of the day, a dead mouse is unused biological matter, molecules in a pile, and I have no problems breathing new life into it creating something that gets people conversing about life, death and art.
We must resolve to get animals out of laboratories - for their sake and ours.
Easter's traditionally a time for new life with lambs a'leaping and ducklings a'paddling down rivers and stuff. Already 2014 has been a great year for city zoos who've been welcoming new additions to some of the world's most loved and endangered species...
Since PETA's much publicised exposé on angora rabbit farming was released, several retailers have decided to stop stocking the product in their stores, which is good news, but it's likely that it's a calculated decision, now that the ugly face of the practice has been revealed to the public.
"Sex sells" used to be advertising's first commandment, but its impact is fading. The public seem to long for a more innocent time as sex meets stiff competition from pets.
Making pets look like pumpkins or pirates for amusement purposes only can cause unnecessary stress, even resulting in abnormal and unwanted behaviours.