In a couple of weeks time, I will heading up to Scotland to start my Masters in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Edinburgh University has its fair share of notable alumni, including Robert Louis Stevenson (Author of Treasure Island and The Three Muskateers and many others), Dr Robert Knox (better known as the man who dissected … More Copy and Paste
With Badminton in full swing, thousands of people will be ascending on the South Gloucestershire area to watch horse and rider partnerships take on the 30-fence cross country course, tackling oxers, water jumps and Trakehners. The event is also broadcast on National television, with many more spectators watching from the comfort of their home. With … More Clearing the Course
When we think about people keeping wild animals as pets, we usually think back to a weird daytime TV programme about the American family living with a tiger in their back yard. We rarely think of wild animals being kept as pets in the UK, but sadly this isn’t the case. Wild Futures, a charity … More Monkey Business
The UK agricultural industry contributes £10.7 million to the economy each year, uses 71% of the land, and employs around 400,00 people (1). It is an industry that must keep up with the ever-growing human population, while ensuring high animal welfare standards. When looking at economical growth and percentage yields, it can be easy to forget … More Weaning Stress in Beef Cattle
In our world of social media, celebrity endorsements, glossy adverts and next day delivery, it doesn’t take long for a trend to catch on. Usually, these trends are military coats, metallic jackets or pleated skirts, but in recent years, an increasingly popular accessory is not the leather handbag, but instead, designer dogs. Walk into any … More Paying The Designer Price
As pet owners, we have a responsibility to care for our animals, but when it comes to animal health, it can often be difficult to determine whether they are feeling pain, how intense this pain is, and whether or not the animal should be taken to the vet. Unlike humans, animals cannot simply tell someone … More Animal pain: What do they feel?
Zoos often divide opinions. Some argue they are important tools for conservation, aiding endangered species with dedicated breeding programmes and inspiring a new generation of wildlife enthusiasts, while some believe they are purely for entertainment and the money spent on new attractions should be used to fund in-situ conservation. However, whatever your opinion about zoos, I … More An Enriching Idea