Archive for July, 2013

Meeting your ferrets’ welfare needs

Adult ferret © RSPCA Photolibrary

Ferrets have an inquisitive, exploring nature and display a variety of playful behaviours. If well handled by people from a young age, ferrets can become socialized and learn to see humans as companions and become wonderful members of the family.

Ferrets are a long term commitment as they can live up to 10 years of age in captivity; however their average lifespan is six years.

If you own ferrets then you’ll want to ensure you care for them properly and … continue reading ››

Seen any snakes this summer?

Grass snake © RSPCA

For many people it comes as a surprise that Britain is home to a number of snakes – especially when they see one in real life! You’re more likely to see our native snakes during the summer months, as this is when they are most active.

Download the snake identification sheet by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

For those of you not familiar with Britain’s native snakes, here’s an introduction:

Grass snake (Natrix natrix)

Our longest snake can … continue reading ››

The truth about veal

A veal calf feeding on a Freedom Food acredited farm

Have you ever eaten veal? If not, you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand what veal is or think it’s cruel because it comes from calves killed at a young age.

It raises a difficult ethical issue because of the short lives these animals lead.

However, it shouldn’t be an animal welfare problem if the calves are handled carefully and killed humanely, in a way that doesn’t cause suffering.

These calves are usually the unwanted offspring of dairy cows which … continue reading ››