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posted by Michel on Feb 9

Support AARRC by spreading the word about our PET HOTEL service or let your beloved pet stay with us!polaroid_overlap

Conveniently located at 70km from Caticlan/Boracay and only 10 minutes away from Kalibo International Airport

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posted by admin on Feb 4

Come and spend the day with our dogs and cats for some unequaled petting of those beautiful native animals.

We’re open EVERY day for regular visitors between 10:00 – 15:00.

If you’d like to join our dog walks on the beach, the morning shift starts at 06:00 and the afternoon shift leaves around 15:30. Please contact Jenie Mae on +639155985755 or Angie on +639072236800 if you’d like to join the walks.

 

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posted by admin on Feb 3

 

 

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You can now stay at our rescue center for as long as you like. VERY affordable at only PHP850/night, breakfast and interaction with the animals included! Meet the dogs and cats, walk the disabled dogs in wheelchairs to the beach, play with the dogs in the sea, pet our cats, feed the kittens and puppies. In other words, PRICELESS smiles from our loving animals.

If you’d like a break, for a small fee we can take you (as well as a few of the dogs) in the AARRC pickup to beautiful spots that only very few tourists have discovered. We’re only 10 minutes from Kalibo International Airport and we’ll pick you up or take you there.

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posted by Michel on Feb 5

These lovely dogs can be sponsored for as little as EUR 5 or US$ 5 per month. Just make an automated monthly payment stating the name of the dog of your choice. See the side bar on the right for instructions.

 

The AARRC dogs awaiting your sponsorship

Tina: Well, I’m Tina and I arrived here just a few weeks ago. I cannot walk at all because of my spinal injury, but the nice AARRC people have given me a wheelchair so now I RUN, RUN, RUN!!! I’m a really sweet-natured dog and I love the attention I get here. The only problem is now that I need to learn how to drive ;-)

Luningning: I came to AARRC last year and I’m a really playful character, very sweet-natured too and I just want to play with everyone. It wasn’t always like that because I lost my two sons last year and that made me very sad for a while. My friends here look after me though.
[Sponsor: Melanie van Leeuwen]

Urbanz: Well, when they asked me to tell a bit about myself I said I ehhh, well, ehhhh I’m bit shy you see. I’m a good guard dog but you do have to get to know me over a long time. When I’m on the beach with my friends, I forget my shyness and we all run like mad hahahaha!

Hatchi: I’m the sweetest little dog around here (sorry Snowy!) and I like walking and sleeping a lot. I like the beach and, wait for this, SWIMMING! Probably because the AARRC folks found me on the beach.
[Sponsor: Mrs. Neressa van der Kleij-Toabe]

Tita: I used to live just around the corner when I was little, but nobody was interested in me. I had eye infection and a little mange. Now that I’ve grown up into a real sweetheart that everybody loves, I feel very happy to be here with my friends. I just love the beach and play in the water.

Arwen: Hi there! I’m the queen around here! Yes, that’t right, I run things when the people aren’t looking hahaha. Seriously, I’m also a very sweet dog and there’s nothing I like better than to greet the humans when they arrive and show them I can dance and do “Gimme 5!”. Oh, and running is one of my specialities.
[Sponsor: Mr. Joep Thijssen]

Ino: If you would notice me (but not many dogs and people do) then you would find that I’m really sweet and adventurous in a way. But then, I got used to hiding in corners away from all those bullies. Fortunately, I have many friends here now and I feel a lot better.

Bella: I really miss my Mummy Stephanie, the nice girl that looked after me before. But because she had to move and because I am disabled just like Tina, she gave me to AARRC to be looked after. Guess what? Now I have a wheelchair too and I can play with my friend Bantay. Yihaaa!!!

Oprah: Hmmm I’m one of the shy ones too. I’m very sweet and good natured, but when I don’t know you I tend to hide away. Fortunately Nicky of AARRC has helped me a lot and now I’m already much and much happier. I love sunning myself in a quiet little corner.
[Sponsor: Ms. Nicky Jenken]

Falco: Hello folks! I’m Falco and I’m Chief of Security around here. That is because I can be really dominant. But hey, I’m the guard so what do you expect? Once I get to know you I’m sure we’ll get along fine. Just give me time. I enjoy walking on the beach and splashing around in the water.

Snowy: Ahh queen eh? (Sorry Arwen!) Well yes, but if I were bigger there would be no contest ;-) Seriously folks, I’m an expert rat hunter and an excellent guard dog. Nothing even comes close, literally! I love running on the beach and lazing around the humans. Given half a chance I’ll sleep in a bed, as queens do of course.
[Sponsor: Norah van Leeuwen]

Viper: Thanks for listening to me, I’m <<ahem>> a real gentleman of age. Together with my friend Oprah, we’ve been through some really tough times and to top it all off, I not only list an eye but also my fur. The nice people here at AARRC are doing what they can to restore me to my former glory, but it’s taking time. In the mean time, I just take it easy and enjoy my pension for a change!
[Sponsor: Mr. Joep Thijssen]

GM: When I was found I was scared and had no fur to shelter me from the rain or cold. I felt really miserable, but now after almost a year, my fur is slowly coming back and I feel a lot better. One day I will be beautiful again! I like to look after the puppies here and they are my real friends.

Soldier: After having lived with another family, I was assigned to be a guard dog with AARRC. I vow I will always do my duty by being a faithful dog and guard. Just don’t let me out of your sight though or I will hump your leg out of joy hahahaha.
[Sponsor: Fam. Saueressig]

Sophie: Not all that long ago I was a victim of the Dog Meat Trade … Together with hundreds of others I was transport in cages on a truck on our way to, well I don’t want to know, but I fear it would have been my final destination. Fortunately the kind people of Animal Kingdom Foundation rescued me and gave me to AARRC to have a happy life from now on. I love my new buddies!!!!

Jiji: Me, well, ehhhh, I’m a bit shy too. But when you see me on our beach, then you’ll know why they call me the “Pocket Rocket”. Because I’m the fastest runner here. I just love teasing my buddies Tita and Agua hahahaha.

Gracia: I’m still a bit shy but that is also because I don’t feel so beautiful at the moment. I have mange you see. Still, I’m being treated now and when I go to the beach or play with my friend Bantay, I totally forget my troubles and just play.

Bantay: Yeah, my friend Gracia needs cheering up, so that’s why I run around the yard like crazy trying to get some playtime. The young ones generally don’t mid, like auntie Luningning or my buddie Gracia. Other times I’m afraid I just have to adapt and sleep.

Biselda: When I was a little puppy, I had an accident on the road outside our house and I broke my hip. Therefore I can’t walk very well anymore, but I’m a very happy girl and I like being with my friends and go to the beach. Sometimes I even manage a bit of a run, just to show you guys I’m happy!!!

Prada: I’m the new kid here, so what can I say: getting to know the others but because of the quarantine, I’m not allowed to play with anyone yet. At first I was REALLY unhappy and kept everyone awake, but now that I’m getting to know the gang, they’re not so bad at all.
[Sponsor: Lauryn van Leeuwen]

Gaisano: Hi everyone. I’m a dog of very few words. I can’t see very well due to my age, but I’m a happy and quiet guy. I get along very well with all the others here.

Agua: Hey, don’t you think I’m a beauty? I won a beauty contest at the Kalibo town square last year for “Best Asong Pinoy (Philippine Dog) in Show” and I’m REALLY proud. I’m a sweet girl that loves to run on the beach and chase mice and rats too. My best buddy is Arwen.

posted by Michel on May 30

Our friends at IRO alerted me to the following, extremely interesting article. I’m reproducing it here, if not for our own reference later. The original can be found on NaturalNews’ web site.

We’ve all heard the term “mangy dog,” which is usually applied jokingly or derogatorily to disheveled and/or disreputable people. However, actual mangy dogs are no laughing matter since the disease known as mange can be both dangerous and result in considerable suffering. Fortunately for such dogs and their owners, there are a number of natural remedies that can eliminate mange.

Mange is an inflammatory disease most often found in dogs. This condition results from an infestation of mites in the skin and hair follicles. Anybody who has treated a dog with mange using conventional treatment knows exactly how ill their pet can become.

There are two types of mange that affect dogs. The most common type is demodectic mange (also known as red mange), and the less common one is sarcoptic mange: each named after the type of mite which has infested the dog. Actually, healthy dogs very often house a small community of demodectic mites on their skin. It is when the dog’s immune system becomes compromised allowing the mites to overpopulate that mange results.

Left untreated, mange can become life threatening. Symptoms include alopecia (hair loss), skin lesions, dehydration, weight loss, excessive scratching, and loss of appetite. Mange can surface throughout the body, with crusty patches appearing on the head, face, ears, and neck. The hair loss can be severe enough to show patches of baldness. A crusty discharge sometimes emanates from the ears and brown marks may appear on and around the nose.

The following remedies have been effective in preventing and treating a pet with mange:

  • A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and borax is one of the best remedies used for mange. However, be sure to not confuse borax with boric acid. Use one to two tablespoons of borax for every 500 cc of 1% hydrogen peroxide, making sure that it thoroughly dissolves. Bathe the dog in it once a week. Do not rinse off and do not wipe the dog dry. Let the solution dry naturally so that it can be absorbed by the skin. Please note that this treatment should not be used longer than a two month period.
  • Regular bathing and brushing helps remove scaly skin and scabs.
  • Colloidal silver is an excellent way of ridding the body of any type of infection. Apply topically to all affected areas, including the inside of the ears and also put in the dog’s water daily.
  • Acidophilus is effective in eliminating mange from inside the ears. Wash the inside of the ears with no more than two tablespoons of plain yogurt.
  • Raw apple cider vinegar is effective when applied topically and when mixed in the dog’s meal. One tablespoon mixed in his food should be sufficient.
  • A couple of drops of olive oil applied to the mangy skin patches not only will soothe the irritated skin, but will also be effective in killing the mites.
  • Drop a sliced lemon with the peels still left in tact into boiling water and let steep overnight. Using a sponge, apply the mixture to the dog’s coat.
  • Honey has astonishing antiseptic, antioxidant, and cleansing qualities. Apply raw honey to affected areas.
  • Make sure to wash all bedding and keep it as sterile as possible until the dog recovers.

Feeding a dog properly and adding dietary supplements is an important part of healing. A raw diet is strongly recommended, as it facilitates healing and is the best way to insure your pet’s health.

Supplements that help alleviate itch and improve skin conditions are vitamin E, vitamin C, and fish oil.

posted by Michel on Feb 6

The new arrivals for early 2011 are pictured here. A kitten named Fifi and pregnant female Nanay (who gave birth to 5 beautiful kittens in the mean time) were found at Kalibo Airport while checking out our patients from last November. Both are still a little shy but are very friendly. Fifi is scheduled for sterilisation this week and Nanay and her kittens in around 3 months. Then Biselda was encountered while riding our scooter on the way home and the owner brought her to our house the next day for treatment. She suffers from mange and a hip injury due to a traffic incident. We can fix the mange but orthopedic surgery is not available here, so we’re hoping that making her stronger by improving her muscles with good food will help her move about a bit smoother. She walks and even runs, but it’s obviously not quite right. Jiji is originally from Sebaste, Antique (home town of Neressa), where she heard of a needy and sickly puppy, which we picked up after the annual town fiesta. She was found to suffer from starting mange and worms so we started treatment right away. She will also be sterilised in 3 months time.

Fifi, Biselda, Jiji and Nanay with her 5 kittens (born at AARRC)

LtoR,TtoB: Fifi, Biselda, Jiji and Nanay with her 5 kittens (born at AARRC)

UPDATE

But just as we thought we could concentrate on all of our patients pictures above, new ones came pouring in. Puppy Pablo was brought in by the owner of Biselda (see above) and from what I understand, he belongs to the people next door to him. Such a young thing and already suffering from severe mange that has all but complete obliterated his fur. One morning as we came back from walking our pack on the beach, we saw a tiny puppy crawling about, obviously way too young to be away from its mother. She had an eye infection apparently and clearly needed help. Since no one seemed to know where she belonged, we just took her with us and named her Tita. Our Dutch volunteer for this period, our dear friend Nicky Jenken (pictured on the right), was getting supplies at a local pet store and veterinarian, when she met Evan and Juanita from the Blue Starfish Resort in Jawili who told her that they had found two small kittens and didn’t know what to do with them. Of course we picked them up and this is the jolly couple (boy and girl) just after we arrived back home. The good news is that the word has been spreading about our activities. One early morning two people on a motorcycle brought their puppy Giorgio to us. He had stopped eating two days earlier after his mother had been found dead (we don’t know why) and they were quite rightly worried about him. He was dehydrated and suffering from anemia. The picture shows Nicky examining him. Fortunately, we managed to fix him up and soon he’ll be ready to home. Not without the firm promise that we’ll have him sterilised in a few months though!

New Arrivals Part II

New Arrivals Part II, Pablo, Tita, the two Blue Starfish kittens and Giorgio

posted by Michel on Aug 4

Lately, there’s been a lot of upheaval amongst animal welfare supporters around the world. What happened was that an appalling video has surfaced, showing the gassing of innocent “stray” dogs by means of exhaust fumes. In the Philippines, known as “tambucho gassing” (tambucho means exhaust in Tagalog).

To make matters worse, this incredibly crude and painful method is approved by the Philippines’ Committee on Animal Welfare (CAW) under the country’s Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (RA 8485). Which makes one wonder what sort of people and organisations sit in this committee!!!

I won’t post links to the video evidence or the pictures here, but very clearly, this is totally unacceptable. Fortunately, a movement has started to combat these outrageous killings. You can lend a hand simply by signing the petition. And don’t worry, in my own experience, this site doest NOT inundate your inbox with spam, so it’s completely safe. Here’s the link: Tambucho gassing is not euthanasia

Of course, we all realise that the stray dog and cat populations need to be regulated. However, ruthless killing is NOT the way. The so-called Trap / Neuter / Return (TNR) scheme is! A lot of research has gone into this and time and again it has been shown that TNR works effectively and humanely.

If this gassing, and let’s not forget, other inhumane methods of killing animals for whatever purpose is allowed to continue, we should all be ashamed of being part of this species. If you want my opinion, we’re messing up our stewardship of our own planet. Should you be religiously inclined and believe that God himself put us in charge, then I feel that he could not have made a worse choice :-(

posted by Michel on Apr 25

Recently, I read a magnificent book, “The emotional lives of animals” by Marc Bekoff, who is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA and a well respected author of a number of books. The book was given to me by a dear friend and fellow animal lover, who during the course of her studies caused me to think more on the concept of antropomorphism, which literally means “of human form” according to Wikipedia. Traditionally, you would come across this concept in fables (in which animals could speak and dress as people), but more recently it has been used to describe the apparent emotions that animals display. Dr. Jane Goodall, of international chimpansee fame, describes in the Foreword in Marc Bekoff’s book how much trouble she had when stating that a certain chimpansee was showing happiness or was obviously in a sad mood. Until then, the scientific community had been doubtful of the existence of such “human” emotions in animals and were used to describe them in very uncertain terms, e.g. “the horse appeared to behave as if it were experiencing happiness”.

We share so much with our fellow mammals

From ape to man

Anybody that has ever owned a dog or cat, or indeed many other pet-species, will attest to the fact that, contrary to scientific belief, it is blatently obvious that such animals very clearly display their emotional state and, not surprisingly, that we can largely recognise these emotions for what they are. Why? because we, as mammals, have largely the same range of emotions!

As a geologist (I took a number of palaeontology courses), I’m convinced that concepts like antropomorphism are fundamentally wrong: it’s the other way around! Humans, who only entered the evolutionary spectrum some 5 million years ago and primates some 55 million years before that, share a common evolution with our fellow mammal species for gazillions of years. Hence, this leads me to believe that it is virtually impossible for us to be the “inventors” of even the more complex emotions. Rather, we possess a (super?)set of those emotions that were already well developed by our common ancestors. Such emotions developed because they gave the possessor some evolutionary edge over those that didn’t. I dubbed this idea the “genetic-evolutionary theory;-) Therefore, to me it is no surprise at all that animals posess the same emotional spectrum as we do, especially the species “close” to ours. If I think about it, the statistical odds that a species that occurs only very very late in evolution is the sole inventor of some evolutionary advantage is, well, probably zilch I would imagine. Recognising such emotions however appears to be an entirely different matter and that is probably why we have to devote an entire branch of science to work out the differences and similarities across species.

How about some typical “human” emotions or behaviours then, or at least those that many people would consider typical of our own species. You will find that complex emotions and behaviours are not even limited to primates. Altruism is a nice example. Not too long ago a video clip turned up in which a Chilean stray dog tried to rescue its buddy from a busy road after he or she had been hit by a car. You can see that video here. How about “culture” then? Well, National Geographic showed a wildlife series in which a certain group of elefants regularly visited a cave where they apparently were harvesting certain minerals to augment their diet. Strangely enough, other elefant herds in the region had not caught on to this habit and so it is shown that groups of individuals exhibit regional variation in their behaviour, i.e. display culture. Another example of this is a group of Japanese makaque monkeys that frequents hot springs. Apart from the fact that they obviously enjoy the warm water, their nearby neighbours completely ignore the springs. Another striking example: wildlife rangers in South Africa recorded many years ago that a babboon couple abandoned their troup and for days stalked AND killed a lioness that had killed their baby a few days before. How’s that for premeditated revenge!

So to sum up emotions and complex behaviours such as: happiness, anger, jealousy, murder, altruism, kindness, joy, grief, kidnapping, child care, fear, hunger, pain, to name only a few, it’s all been done before! In this respect, I don’t think the human species has contributed much to the emotional landscape. Apart from “religion” perhaps …

posted by Michel on Mar 30

Recently, I joined a group on Facebook entitled “Save Brindi From the City of Halifax” which is about a dog that was seized by the Halifax authorities over a year ago. He’s been on death row ever since, not even being allowed visits from his owner. What’s worse, from what I can tell he’s not even been properly evaluated by knowledgeable dog trainers to establish whether or not he is indeed as dangerous as some are making him out to be. As a result, Halifax is forking out lots of taxpayers’ money on legal proceedings and forcing the owner to do the same. The only ones that benefit from this are the lawyers, nobody else. Not the community, certainly not the dog, not the city, nobody! IMHO there were ample opportunies for more efficient and friendly ways of handling the situation, where the dog involved could have been fully rehabilitated and be returned to the care of its owner.

At the request of Maureen Hurly, one of the group’s active members, I emailed the authorities and, very nice I must add, got a reply. If you want to read the discussion. Here it is. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Michel on Sep 4

Is there such an unthinkable thing: a counterargument to animal welfare? It would seem so. Would you believe that these people really exist, animal welfare adversaries? Unfortunately, it’s only too common to find that, as an animal welfare proponent, you get to hear or read abuse. Apparently, quite a few people still think that as a human being, you should only dedicate yourself to helping your own species. Pretty much like nothing else exists, or matters. Personally, I feel that such people are very narrow minded (I’m avoiding use of the term “ignorant” here) and I dare say that while criticising animal welfare, they do ZILCH for the human race themselves. In fact, notable activists for humans have never spoken out against those that help animals. Often, quite the contrary, such as the great Mahatma Gandhi, who said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way that its animals are treated”.

Anyway, I’ll try and collect some of these adversaries’ points of view here and address them. So yes, these are REAL arguments that me or any of my associates have heard or read. Please help the fight against ignorance by adding to this list (just add a comment).

  • Why don’t you help people? Millions are starving all over the world

As a matter of fact, most of us already do!! What I truly hate about this argument is that it suggests that you have to make a choice between people and animals. Well you don’t! You can actually help BOTH people and animals quite effectively. In fact, I strongly believe that since we’re all stuck on this lump of rock that’s hurtling through the Universe at immense speed, animals, plants (for brevity I’ll lump those together as “nature”) and ourselves need each other. Any idea how long we would survive if we’d kill all insects? As a consequence, and considering that most animal welfare proponents are kind natured, this is a nonsense argument. In case you’re wondering, we put a few kids through school, provide a regular supply of work for many families and do regular food supplement events for the less fortunate in my wife’s home village (80 families was the last count). Oh and we save a few dogs and cats as well while we’re at it.

  • Why don’t you spend your time fighting eliminating violence, drug abuse, crime etc?

Again, this argument suggests that it is a choice that you have to make or at least that there is some simple and sequential relationship: stamp out all crime and suffering and then we’ll worry about the rest. We all know that this is totally besides daily practice. Furthermore, professional law enforcers and top rating politicians all over the world dedicate their time and career to solving these problems. I’m flattered that those who use this argument apparently feel that animal welfare proponents somehow know much better how to solve these problems that date back to the dawn of (human) time, but in reality, what’s the chance that we can make a significant impact? We already do what we can by practising the love and respect for all creatures, humans and animals alike, that we preach.

  • Helping animals diverts funds that could be used for people

Apart from the fact that it costs so little of your time and money to see to animal’s basic needs, those who use this argument fail to see the intimate relationship that exists between all living things (animals, plants, humans). By helping animals, we’re (how selfish!) in fact helping ourselves. A few examples perhaps? At Kalibo Airport there is a colony of stray cats and the airport authorities are worried about their increasing numbers, spread of disease, nuisance to travellers etc. When we regularly feed the cats and spay/neuter them all, we can control the population, keep the animals healthy and happy and, here comes the crunch, keep the airport free from rodents, in a completely natural and environmentally safe way. By investing a little money, the airport addresses a real problem and cares for animals in the process. One-time eradication of rats is both more expensive and far less effective. Or how about this one: when we save stray dogs, we can often rehabilitate the majority of them and turn them into useful guard dogs that protect the family that they live with. Or how about the old carabao that is saved from the butcher and given to a poor farmer who can still get good service from the animal in return for  a little food. In other words, animal care doesn’t need to cost much but can bring great benefits.

  • Haven’t you got more useful things to do with your time?

Again, how I spend my time is not a yes/no question. I can actually do quite a few things with my time if I want. The argument implies that animal welfare proponents are useless parasites that laze around in the sun all day and do little that contributes positively to society. Well, animal welfare proponents are present in all facets of human society. I personally know of teachers, lawyers, bakers, entrepeneurs, artists, IT consultants, you name it! Apart from their regular jobs in which they already contribute considerably to society, they contribute more by doing voluntary work. This doesn’t distract at all from their usefulness. Quite the contrary, to them animal welfare work is very fulfilling and therefore worth doing. Considering that helping fellow creatures of this Earth is by definition a good way to spend time, there’s no way in hell that these people should be criticised for doing good, especially since most of them help other people too!

  • Those active in animal welfare just have too much money and are still after our donations

Are all animal welfare proponents rich? Yes, they are, although it depends on your definition of rich. Irrespective of their financial status, these people are rich because they CARE, because they take a stand for fellow creatures. Of course, some of them are even rich in the monetary sense of the word. There’s nothing principally wrong with that. I know of many top ranking business managers that are rich beyond imagination. The only problem I have with that is that the vast majority of them do NOTHING for the rest of the world, much less defenseless animals. Go moan at them. For the record, I know many people that can be considered poor (in financial terms) and still devote some of their scarce resources, like their time and kind attention, to animals …

  • To God, people are more important than animals

I’d hate to turn this into a religious argument so I will refrain from quoting the Bible (or any other “holy” book for that matter). But if I remember correctly, “man” was appointed to rule the animals, in modern day language: to manage them, by God. This is pretty much the same situation as when you are appointed to be the manager of a group of people. Does that mean you are free to abuse them, beat them up, steal their things, even if that gets you closer to your targets? Of course not: you will be a responsible steward, a guardian and a coach. And when it comes to the matter of importance: how effective will you, as a manager, be after all your people have left in disgust? Therefore, both manager and workers, if I may call them that, have their place and job, but they are all essential for reaching the common goal. And so it is with the way God appointed man as the guardian of nature: it is not a matter of whether God sees us to be more important, it is our responsible stewardship that matters. That is what God expects of us.

  • They are only animals or Animals have no feelings

<sigh> Some people will never learn. They fail to see that we are biologically so close to the majority of animals (most notably mammals of course) that it is IMPOSSIBLE to overlook the probabilities that our “sentiments” that we think are so typical of us humans, are unique in the animal kingdom. Joy: ever come home to a wagging tail and that happy face of your dog? Sadness: ever tried to leave a puppy home alone while it was sitting near the door? Play: ever had the dog bring a ball to you? Hunger/thirst: no need to explain I would think. Shelter: leave a dog or cat in the pelting rain and see what it does different than what YOU would do. Pain: ever seen a dog with a broken leg run away as if nothing happened? Of course not: the poor thing was in excruciating pain and limped, just as YOU would! In other words, animals do have feelings and they are pretty much the same as ours, not surprisingly!

  • You guys eat meat too, right?

Ahh tricky one! Well let me confess that I do eat meat myself. But, and this is a HUGE BUT, no animal should need to suffer for providing me with dinner. Most animal welfare proponents would probably agree with me when I say that I’m not so much against the EATING of meat, but I’m dead set against the suffering of countless “food animals” such as cattle, chickens, pigs etc. There is simply no need to make them suffer. Hence, I’m a great fan of controlled production of meat, hen-friendly eggs and the like. Goverments should enforce laws on this, rather then leaving the choice to (often ignorant) consumers. To conclude, if the meat were produced under humane and responsible conditions, personally I would find that a little more acceptable. I should become a vegetarian really!

So to all ye moaners: get out there, do your bit for this planet and help out. People, plants, animals, the environment. Anything!