Is it right to kill our animals?

http://www.news.com.au/world/copenhagen-zoo-kills-lions-and-two-cubs-sparked-outrage-by-killing-publicly-dissecting-giraffe/story-fndir2ev-1226864842543

I’m an animal behaviour and welfare student and got into a bit of a debate with someone on my course about Marius the giraffe, sparked by this article..

She believes a genetically “dead” animal should be killed in the name of conservation. That genetically sound animals should be favoured. That we dissect and kill animals every day without thought, but because its a “cute, cuddy mammal” opinions are different. 

I do not agree. Call me a hippy or whatever, but an innocent, healthy animal does not deserve to be slaughtered. It is the humans fault alone that the animals have become inbred. We have kept them in captivity. It is especially unjust when it is an animal such as the giraffe. It’s status is of least concern, it is merely there for humans to look at, there is no conservation purpose. The zoo had plenty of offers from other places who would have taken the giraffe rather than kill it. They didn’t give the giraffe up to any zoos, including one in Yorkshire with giraffe facilities and a space for another male because “any space should be reserved for a genetically more important giraffe.” Personally, I don’t agree with this, humans putting animals into captivity and killing them because they are worthless to their aims. In a similar way I’m not a fan of zoos, the only way we can really help is by putting more effort into saving habitats rather than breeding a few animals that are not capable to being released into the wild anyway, and then killing them if they are surplus. I agree with the aims of Born Free or PETA for example that aim to help groups that rescue/ care for animals but don’t breed them, as breeding them leads to things like this. 

But hey, quite a few people seem to disagree with me! What does everyone else think?

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Liebster Award!!!

Well I’ve somehow gone and been nominated for an award- The Liebster Award, an award for blogs with less than 200 followers, nominated by other bloggers and so a MASSIVE thanks to tenthousandladybirds, its great to be back blogging and knowing that (at least one person!) enjoys my post 🙂

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Here are the rules of the award:

1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs you think are worthy of the award (but they must have less than 200 followers).
5. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Here are the questions for me to answer!

1) What made you want to start your blog?

I originally started this blog a loong time ago just for the pure love of writing really! I’m not a particularly open person in real life so I think it was quite nice to vent at strangers! I’ve restarted recently since I’ve started the 100 Happy Days (which will be updated soon!) as I’m trying to actively doing something that I enjoy everyday, which includes writing!

2) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you be?

This is very difficult for me! I want to travel sooo much and sooo badly, but I think my one requirement has to be by the sea. I don’t mind where I live, as long as I am by the sea, it is my favourite place in all of the world.

3) Who would you like to play you in the movie of your life?

I have a massive woman crush on Jennifer Lawrence, but she is far too hot haha, so I would have to go for Helena Bonham Carter. She’s so weird and unique and an incredible actress. Plus she knows Johnny Depp so maybe she could put in a good word for me….

4) What’s the last book you read?

Hmmm, I’m usually a massive bookworm but with coursework and revision I haven’t had much time recently! I’m currently reading Les Miserables. Yeah, I know all the songs off by heart. In fact, this even happened:

I bloody think I’m hilarious. But I think the last book I finished reading was “Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy.”

5) Favourite time of day?

Night time. I love the dark. I love the stars. They always make me feel so small.

6) What is your earliest memory?

Strangely, I was actually talking about this the other day! I was two and being carried up the steps onto an aeroplane to Tenerife, screeeaming. Which I more or less do now, hate flying!

7) What would you say is your biggest achievement in life so far?

Black belt in Taekwondo 😀 Hurrah!!! Took me seven years and a lot of my parents money but I’m a qualified Ninja 😉 Kind of.

6) What is your greatest fear?

To always be second best. I’m competitive in terms of sport and work and in terms of the dreaded, non-existent “love life,” every time, without fail, have been second best to someone else. Proper frustrating and that.

7) Which of your physical features would you say is the best?

Hm. My eyes because they are a strange colour?

8) What is your guilty pleasure?

One Direction. Oh God. There, I said it! I would never admit it to my One Direction mad housemates, but I do have a little love for them. I even dreamt Harry was my boyfriend and we lived in a castle. It was great.

9) What’s your fancy dress costume of choice?

Well, I’m very strange when it comes to fancy dress. Previous choices have been: tramp, fat friar tuck, the girl from The Ring, Psyduck (Pokemon) and Elmo. I hate girls that dress as sluts for fancy dress. I even wrote a strongly worded post about this before haha. Right now, I have an epic Elmo mascot costume so that would definitely have to be my first choice!

10) What is your happiest memory?

That is difficult. Probably when my little brothers were born. The youngest two, as the age gap being so big, I can remember it well.

11) What’s your favourite meme?

Oh I knew this answer straight away! Love this meme!

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Oh My God, it literally gets me every time.

11 Random Facts about Me:

  1. Before I turned 14 I had lived in 6 different houses.
  2. I’m very strongly Atheist.
  3. I have two tattoos.
  4. I still sleep with cuddly toys in my bed… I’m goddamn nearly 21!
  5. Me and my little brother have a best friend hand shake.
  6. My procrastination levels got so bad once, I applied for deal or no deal!
  7. Until I was nearly 19, I was convinced the word “tickle” was called “tiggle.” Call myself a writer!
  8. I’ve used my self defence once- last month I got mugged in Budapest and had to get a man off of me!
  9. I once went skinny dipping and lost all my clothes, front door keys, driving licence etc. to the sea D:
  10. I’m trying to write a book
  11. I’m climbing Kilimanjaro in the summer… wish me luck!

And finally… My 11 Nominations 🙂

  1. nonprophetadam
  2. vengeanceforpluto
  3. mnvisuals
  4. michaellauder
  5. ouaiamerican
  6. blogizing
  7. possiblysomedaymaybe
  8. eggylittlemelody
  9. fatmadcat
  10. notallwhowonderarelost
  11. ozonethunderstormsgunpowder

And here are my questions to you!

  1. What is your quirkiest feature?
  2. Do you think you’ll ever stop blogging?
  3. Who is your celebrity crush?
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment?
  5. If you could have one perfect day, to do whatever you liked, what would you do?
  6. Would you go into space, given the opportunity?
  7. Do you believe in the supernatural?
  8. What was your favourite childhood TV programme?
  9. What is your favourite memory?
  10. If you had to eat one thing, every day for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
  11. Do you believe in fate?

Massive thank you again for my nomination!!! 😀

And let the games begin!

I’m not particularly patriotic but what with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic’s coming to London, it’s been a pretty good year for Britain.

I went to see the Olympic torch twice- once in my hometown and once in the City I go to University in. It’s a once in a lifetime (or in my case, twice in a lifetime) opportunity so I thought, why the Hell not? I doubt London will ever host the Olympics again in my lifetime. Whilst it did get a little tedious waiting aaaages for the Torch to arrive, the atmosphere was incredible. Whole towns and cities turning up to witness the event- local heroes being given the chance to do something so monumental in the games, with thousands of people watching. The old and the young, coming together to watch the Torch as it travelled across the country. Schools letting kids go off to see it, or stopping lessons so they can watch it on the TV; who would have thought a flame could have such an impact on people?

My little brother made his own Olympic Torch 🙂

And now the relay has come to an end and the Games have begun, starting off with the stunning opening ceremony. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest. I was thinking, and a lot of people I know also, that the ceremony would be more like The Royal Variety Show- boring and overrated. But wow, was I proven wrong. With Danny Boyle directing the Opening Ceremony, it was brilliantly done in a truly British style. An actual interesting history lesson, the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars being stunningly and sensitively depicted through acting, dance and music. There was an amazing scene about Great Ormond Street Hospital and the NHS mixed in with children’s literature- something Britain can be incredibly proud of. The best part was that it wasn’t just professional dancers involved, real doctors and nurses also got to take part. Children’s storybook characters came alive, with the legendary JK Rowling reading in the background as Mary Poppins defeated Lord Voldemort, the Child Catcher, Cruella De Vil and Captain Hook.

There was also the typical British humour, with the Queen making her first acting appearance as she parachuted *ahem, her stuntdouble don’t be silly* with James Bond into the Olympic Stadium. And the amazing Rowan Atkinson ❤ as Mr Bean, playing Chariots of Fire! And then there was the music, British superstars like The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Emile Sande, Dizzee Rascal (although where was Take That?!?!?!?! 😥 </3 ).

From sporting legend Muhammad Ali to the fact that every country involved in the Olympics, for the first time ever, has female athletes on their team, it was a truly inspirational event. My favourite part being the symbolic act of sporting greats like Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Steve Redgrave passing the torch from one generation to the next and allowing the seven nominated young athletes to light the flame of unity.

I’m actually feeling pretty proud to be British.

May 15th

May 15th.

Anne Boleyn was sentenced to death; Mickey Mouse made his cartoon debut; McDonalds opened it’s first restaurant in California; The French got their first female president; The May 15th Incident; Paraguay’s Independence Day; First private mental health hospital opened in the US, Las Vegas was founded; Sputnik 3 & 4 were launched; California became the second state to legalise same sex marriage.

Most importantly…

MY BIRTHDAY!

Although maybe I should have been born yesterday- it was World Naked Gardening Day.