Learning About Animals was set up to provide information and promote interest in
the welfare and behaviour of animals. The aim is to bridge the gap between professionals
& scientists working with animals and the public.
If you have any suggestions for future events, if you would like to be considered
to be a speaker, or if you would like to get involved in helping at the events, or
projects please get in touch.
1. Deep-sea octopuses can be told apart by their warts LINK
Cetacean posts from our Facebook page since the last newsletter
1. Inside The Tanks - a brilliant 34 minute long documentary about keeping cetaceans
in captivity. Worth a watch. LINK
2. Brilliant answers by Dr Ingrid Visser to questions posed by Canada Senate's Oceans
and Fisheries subcommittee. "I wasn't referring to trees for cetaceans" being one
of my favourite bits and the way she tackles the person hood question. Also near
the end "The senators have been presented with a lot of dichotomous information but
they have also been presented with duplicitous information". A great case put forward
for why Canada should introduce legislation to ban cetaceans in captivity. Fingers
3. Learn how to identify whales by the noises they make. LINK
4. Mind-blowing video here - this footage shows SeaWorld's new show, which involves
video footage of wild orca being projected onto a big screen doing similar behaviours
as captive orca in a tiny concrete tank. Surely some people in the audience will
think "....But that orca is in the ocean, which is totally incomparable to life in
a tank - and the animal doesn't have a collapsed dorsal fin".
Sadly we expect that the words and distorted truths that accompany the show will
counter some who see the cruelty. But maybe, just maybe, some people will join the
dots and SeaWorld will turn some people against captivity......helping the campaign
against keeping cetaceans in captivity along a little - fingers crossed. LINK
Sponsor a fun education session for children
I regularly run sessions for Brownies, Guides, Pony Club and similar groups. If you'd
like to sponsor a session it would be greatly appreciated as then I can do more of
them. £25 supports my expenses to attend and also money towards things like mending
my ailing blow up zebra, buying materials and developing the content. The groups
usually run a collection for an animal charity - part of the Friends to Animals badge
is to identify an issue and charity to support. The sessions aim to excite children
about animals, to get them interested in and foster compassion towards them.
SATURDAY JULY 8th 2017 - MANCHESTER Lessons from counselling: applying key principles
of counselling to our work with clients. Manchester. DETAILS.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3rd 2017 - SURREY The whole dog, with veterinary behaviourist Amber
SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER 2017 - SURREY Multi-dog households with Sian Ryan. Surrey, DETAILS.
19th OCTOBER 2017 - BERKSHIRE The Challenging Behaviour Case - with Amber Batson.
Counselling skills for animal professionals (and students)
This event is valuable CPD for animal professionals. We will explore some techniques
from counselling, which will help us in our work with clients. DETAILS
Whether a dog, horse, rabbit or any other animal this is something I hear frequently.
We are too quick to think about fear as black and white - fearful or not fearful.
But as we know from our own feelings, you can be really really scared of something
and get the whole sheebang of physiological and behavioural responses(run away full
speed, eyes wide, heart rate through the roof) but also you can still be really quite
unsure, and anxious and all sorts of emotions in between. Many people do not know
enough about the body language of animals to be able to pick up on signs that animals
are scared until they are terrified.
Whether it is the horse who doesn’t want to come in from the field, or the dog who
is snappy when being groomed - animals do not just try it on for no reason. I believe
that with humans too... As adults most people have learnt the ability to put up with
things we don't like, but this doesn't mean there is no anxiety, we just learn to
grit our teeth and do it. I think animals can learn how to do that too, but not by
magic, they learn it through training and experience and it is our responsibility
to teach them.
Three small ways to help animals today...
1. See something in a magazine or on TV that portrayed animals in a good way or an
article you liked? We need to remember to respond to the good as well as the bad
to influence the media to increase responsible reporting on animals and training.
Give some good feedback today...
2. Enrichment for your pet - throw a handful of food onto grass for your dog to seek,
play with your cat, give your rabbits something new to chew on. What will you do
3. Sort out some of your unwanted things, sell them on E-bay and select a charity
from their list to receive the money.
You may never know what results come from your actions, but if you do nothing, there
will be no results" Gandhi