Archive for November, 2012

Lab animals left waiting for words to be turned into actions

Rat  © RSPCA photolibrary

In the coming days, MPs and Lords are expected to pass new UK legislation on animal experimentation. Since a new European Directive on this issue – the catalyst for our own new law – was agreed back in 2010 there has been much concern that we might see a weakening of existing UK controls and standards.

Now the dust has settled on 18 months of campaigning from all sides, it would appear that for the most part, the government has … continue reading ››

Heroes helping horses in high water

RSPCA flood rescue team leading horses to safety @ RSPCA

Heavy rain and high winds have once again battered much of England and Wales. But I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. Even if the flooding didn’t happen near you no doubt you’ll have seen those affected on the news.

If you are a dog owner like me, you will have spent much of the weekend trying, unsuccessfully in my case, to pick the perfect time to take the dog for a walk between downpours.  But whilst I … continue reading ››

Can you dig it? Gerbils can!


Gerbils love digging. In fact, they love digging so much that, in the wild, they dig vast underground burrows to house their large family group and keep them safe from harm; a whole host of long hind limbs tunnelling in unison, happily creating their home. They even make a food store and sleeping chambers- gerbils really have thought of everything!

I wish I’d known all this when I was growing up. When I was young, I was in the same … continue reading ››