What rights do people have over their pet’s image?
If you’re based in the UK, you will have heard about the problems facing our dairy industry due to the plummeting price of milk, and even if you’re not, you’ll have seen me talk about it in the Ethical Eating … Continue reading “Ethical Eating – Quality of Human Life” →
I’ve spoken before about how YouTube and the explosion of camera phones has given animal behaviour researchers a a way of quantifying behaviour that is rarely seen, or would once have been thought of as anecdotal. Well here’s a short … Continue reading “Salvador Dumbo” →
During Badger Fortnight an amazing blog post by climber Craig Armstrong came to my attention – detailing the climbing exploits of him and his cat Millie. I particularly love the comments that express amazement or defend the cats’ loyalty. As … Continue reading “In Defence of Cats” →
Have you taken your make-up free selfie yet? Or are you rolling your eyes at the very thought? The split between the two camps is pretty much 50:50 on my Facebook wall. Let me start with this. I am terrified … Continue reading “The Selfie Cancer” →
One of my colleagues recently took a sabbatical year and worked with another university’s anthropology department. This week she gave us a fascinating seminar about how anthropologists view human-animal relations and how different it is from the ethologist’s view. I … Continue reading “The Other” →
In 2013 Nelson & Fijn published an absolutely brilliant paper in Animal Behaviour. It’s called ‘The use of visual media as a tool for investigating animal behaviour‘ and it’s about watching animals on YouTube. I watch a lot of animals … Continue reading “LolCats and Doge, YouTube and Animal Behaviour” →
Every so often, usually late at night or early in the morning, when I’m on a farm and I’m cold and miserable, I wonder why we care about animal welfare. After all, they’re not human. Why do we worry about … Continue reading “Why Do We Care About Animal Welfare?” →