Animals are fighting back
BEHIND the smokescreen of world unrest, an animal fight back has been launched – and no-one has even noticed. First the lynx who escaped from the zoo. Hurrah. No animal should be caged or paraded for entertainment. I just hope all the performing monkeys and dancing bears join the lynx’s militant tendency, and also take a flight to freedom.
Next the bull fight in which the bull won. Matadors choose to fight with the expectation of glory but the animals clearly do not have any choice in the painful death that normally awaits them.
Did you know that bulls have Vaseline smeared over their eyes so they can’t see to defend themselves? Hardly a fair fight. They didn’t even do that to the gladiators in Ancient Rome.
I can’t bear it when people question whether animals feel like us. Have they never seen a dog happily greeting its owner, eyes bright and tail wagging, or a cat furious when it can’t get its own way (ie sit in your chair)? Or an ill-treated pack horse cowed in fear?
Who can deny the pride of mammals feeding and comforting their young, or their distress when their babies are dragged away too soon? Don’t kid yourself that they don’t experience emotions just as we do. If we were the animals, would we not expect them to behave more kindly to us, than we do to them?
But then, we don’t treat each other that well do we? I have written in this column many times over the years that I feared for today’s children being brought up on a diet of bloody computer games, TV programmes glamorising serial killers and mass murderers, and reality shows which make stars of people who are cruel or corrupt.
The children without loving families to guide what they watch, have grown up with a skewed idea of who are the heroes and who the villains.
No wonder we are seeing so-called lone wolves committing terrible atrocities on innocent people. But come to think of it, that is an insult to wolves, who don’t hunger after fame, or achieve it by indiscriminate killing.
Phyllis Whitsell, the author of the international bestseller Finding Tipperary Mary (the book I helped her with) is back at Waterstones in Uxbridge today (Wednesday) at noon. It’s a chance to meet her or get a signed copy of the newly published paperback version.