Merry Christmas, animal warriors.

As 2014 draws to a close I’d like to wish all the readers of this blog a very merry Christmas and a fantastic festive season.

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It’s been a hell of a year for animals – from the nonsensical badger cull to MPs’ pathetic attempts at bringing back the Hunting Act, animal rights warriors have been on full alert doing all we can to stamp out injustice to our furry or feathered friends.

It can be tough fighting the cause of animal welfare, as we all know. Major UK campaigns such as the petition to install CCTV in all slaughterhouses, or the call to action asking people to ban wild animals in circuses, have dominated headlines and divided opinion across the animal welfare spectrum. The fight continues, and up and down the country horrific abuse of animals sadly continues. People carry on shooting pets and wildlife with air guns, foie gras continues to be sold and produced as some sort of laughable ‘delicacy’ and crimes against wildlife from snares to shooting seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. Yet despite all the horror stories and depressing headlines, our fight continues and we stand stronger than ever.

Indeed, we’ve also seen some major successes this year. In March, hundreds of people took to the streets of Inverness and marched against wildlife crime, carrying huge white ‘ghost raptor’ replicas as they fought to make Parliament stand up and listen to the call of the wild. In December, major NGOs joined forces and marched in front of Westminster to raise awareness of nature and its lack of representation in current government legislation. Meanwhile every day prosecutions are made, animals are saved and less and less people close their eyes to the horrors animals suffer.

The fight is far from over, but it also shows no signs of stopping. We’ll be there every step of the way, joined in arms against any and all injustice to the creatures who can’t speak for themselves.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate Christmas and all that comes with it. Religious or not, Christmas is a time of year for being glad for what we have and reminding ourselves what’s really important in our lives. Our animals need us more than ever and personally, I’m going to be squeezing my cat just a little bit tighter today. Christmas is a time to be with loved ones and if you’re like me, that will almost certainly include, if not entirely constitute, your pets. Give them a massive hug and let’s vow for their sake in 2014 to be stronger than ever.

Merry Christmas guys. Thanks for paying this site a visit in 2014 and I hope you, and all the special creatures who share your world, are well and truly spoiled today.

Here’s to 2015.

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PS. Top 12 tips to keep your pets safe this festive season: http://www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/festive_pet_tips.pdf

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