Archive for September, 2014

Saddened by sudden death of acclaimed behaviourist and veterinarian

Dr Sophia Yin

Tribute to Dr Sophia Yin

We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected death of Dr Sophia Yin, internationally acclaimed behaviourist and veterinarian.

Dr Yin was a passionate and wonderful advocate of science based training and the use of humane methods and kindness in behaviour modification of animals.

I was fortunate to work with Sophia earlier this year through a partnership which aimed to educate children to stay safe around dogs. She was incredibly generous both … continue reading ››

Farm animals have feelings and fascinating behaviours, just like our pets

Farm Animal Week logo © RSPCA

Chickens, sheep, cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys and fish. These are just some of the hundreds of millions of animals farmed for food in the UK each year. So this week, Farm Animal Week, we want to speak out louder than usual about these wonderful animals and highlighting how you can help us improve their lives.

Farm animals are sentient beings, they have feelings and fascinating behaviours, just like our pets – and like our pets, they deserve to live continue reading ››

Badgers need all the help they can get these days

Badger © iStock

Despite last year’s pilot culls in Gloucestershire and West Somerset proving ineffective, expensive to the tax payer and downright inhumane, the Westminster Government has decided to go ahead again this year with further culls in these areas, going against all common sense, morality and the weight of scientific opinion. This ill-conceived attempt to tackle bovine TB (PDF 974KB) is baffling: a seemingly knee-jerk reaction to a problem that runs much deeper…

This is a blog written by Aura, who … continue reading ››