WHAT is it about the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs?
A few weeks ago they were consulting on what types of plants we should be allowed to grow in our gardens. Apparently.
And now, they’ve issued a Code of Practice telling pet owners how to look after cats! If this had been written in one of the less reputable “libetarian” blogs, I would have easily dismissed it as nonsense. But apprently it’s true.
I don’t own any pets, but if I ever decided to buy a cat or a dog, it would be for my entertainment, not theirs. I certainly wouldn’t start consulting a moggie about what it wanted me to schedule on Sky+…
I consider myself an animal lover. I have very fond memories of my childhood pets, Ben the labrador and a white cat Who Shall Not Be Named. But there’s a distinction to be made between animal rights and animal welfare. I’m in favour of the latter, not the former.
There was recently a House of Commons free vote on whether or not the government should legislate to ban the docking of puppy dogs’ tails. I have rarely, if ever, been on the receiving end of so much lobbying by colleagues. In the end I got so fed up that I decided not to bother voting at all. As I told one indignant colleague, I had recently spoken in a debate on road safety, where barely more than a handful of colleagues bothered to turn up to debate how we can cut the annual holocaust of deaths – human deaths – on Britain’s roads.
“But how would you like it if someone cut off your little boy’s finger?” my colleague replied in defence of her argument supporting a ban on docking,
I was genuinely speechless. I just couldn’t get my head round the idea that an intelligent human being could equate the docking of a puppy’s tail to the mutilation of a child.
So I don’t, at the moment, intend to buy a cat. But if I ever change my mind, I will not be on the lookout for signs of feline stress. It can go and join a gym or go and get drunk like the rest of us.