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Laughing buda, hidden jinn (Part 1): Hyenas as parasites

Living in Conflict: Hyenas as parasites After lions, spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta), are the second largest land predator in Africa. Their reputation precedes them, depicted in various cultures as devilish, unclean and macabre. Spotted hyenas are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, living in forest, desert and alpine biomes. Despite their abundance throughout Africa, studies of human-hyena … Continue reading Laughing buda, hidden jinn (Part 1): Hyenas as parasites

The lion the penguin and the chimp: Depictions of sex in BBC’s ‘Dynasties’

 ‘All television is educational television, the question is: what is it teaching?’ ~ Nicholas Johnson The BBC series ‘Dynasties’ aired in 2018, with 5 one-hour long documentaries on the family lives of 5 species: emperor penguins, lions, chimpanzees, tigers and painted wolves. As the series’ title suggests, the focus was on the animals’ struggles to … Continue reading The lion the penguin and the chimp: Depictions of sex in BBC’s ‘Dynasties’

Apes in Iceland: Politics of orangutan conservation

“Orangutans look straight into your soul” ~ Willie Smits “Ook” ~ Terry Pratchett Apes in Iceland In 2018 Iceland decided to do something very different with their Christmas advert. Following a year of “leading the industry in sustainability initiatives”, Iceland decided to highlight the destruction that intensive palm-oil production can cause rainforests. The ad depicted … Continue reading Apes in Iceland: Politics of orangutan conservation

The qualzucht trilemma: The criminality of pedigree breeding

“Physical deformity calls forth our charity”. ~ Clarence Darrow A Trilemma Trilemma:.[Noun] A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between three undesirable alternatives (Oxford English Dictionary). The health issues concerned with pedigree dog breeding trilemma involves three options that can be taken ignore, illegalise, improve. 1) Ignore it – do nothing … Continue reading The qualzucht trilemma: The criminality of pedigree breeding


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