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Happy Otter Awareness Day

Today we celebrate Otter Awaress Day, an opportunity to understand more about these wetland wonders. Did you know there are 13 species of otter in the world, and that they come under the Mustelid family along with badgers and wolverines?

Most of the species of otter out there are endangered. Otters face multiple threats including hunting, loss of habitat and poisoning. Yet otters are extremely social animals and even engage in various behaviors for sheer enjoyment, such as making waterslides and then sliding on them into the water.

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Why not take some time out today to consider the fate of otters up and down the UK and maybe even find out more about how you can get involved in securing a future for this charismatic, important species: http://www.otter.org/howYouCanHelp.aspx

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Happy Rabbit Awareness Week

This week, 11th – 17th May, we celebrate Rabbit Awareness Week. This is a chance for us all to spare a thought for beautiful bunnies everywhere and do what we can to spread the word about rabbits as pets.

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Rabbits are incredibly social animals and prefer to be kept with other rabbits. When interacting with your rabbit, it’s recommended you do so at ground level as much as possible to minimise stress to the critter. Incredibly, rabbits can also be clicker trained to perform some basic tasks like using a litter tray or sitting on their hind legs for food – many rabbits actually really enjoy this mental stimulation (as well as the treats which follow!)

For loads more information including how you can make the most of your bunny companion, visit: http://www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk/

While you’re celebrating all things rabbit, why not take the BUAV Cruelty Free pledge and show the world you do not support animal testing on rabbits in any form: https://www.change.org/p/ethical-shoppers-make-the-switch-to-cruelty-free-cleaning-by-pledging-to-use-only-leaping-bunny-certified-cleaning-products

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Happy Hedgehog Awareness Week

This week, the 4th – 10th May, we celebrate Hedgehog Awareness Week, organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to encourage us all to take a moment and appreciate the humble hedgehog.

We all know hedgehogs; they’re the adorable snuffly critters with the spiky fur that rummage around our hedges. But did you know the European hedgehog is actually a priority species on the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan, due to its population declines in recent years?

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Hedgehogs are also at high risk of death due to road collisions and garden tools. So the next time you go to trim back your garden hedges do something for hedgehogs – have a check first. You never know, there may even be a birds’ nest lurking in there.

If you do have a garden, why not celebrate Hedgehog Awareness Week by building a home for these adorable critters, as demonstrated by the RSPB: http://homes.rspb.org.uk/Page/project/hedgehoghome

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Happy World Penguin Day

Today we celebrate World Penguin Day; an opportunity to sing the praises of the world’s 17-20 species of penguin. Across the Southern Hemisphere, penguins from the rockhopper to the gentoo are facing tough futures as our planet’s temperature continues to rise. Penguins feature on the IUCN Red List as threatened species, yet their comical waddling and mesmerising group huddles both remain instantly recognisable by us all.

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Spare a thought for poor old penguins, today of all days. Or why not adopt one through WWF?: https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-a-penguin

Whatever form penguin appreciation takes for you, have a very happy World Penguin Day.

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Happy World Stray Animals Day

Well, perhaps ‘happy’ is the wrong term to use. Today we honour World Stray Animals Day, a day to come together and do what we can to educate people, support organisations and raise awareness surrounding the plight of all the homeless animals across the planet.

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Animals are incredible – we all know that; it’s why we’re here. It’s pretty bleak to think of the millions and millions of sentient, loving creatures with no home of their own, many of which live in appalling conditions and are treated miserably. But that’s why we have days like today, to bring attention and awareness of this issue back to the forefront of people’s minds and encourage communities across the world to come together for our wonderful furry friends.

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit http://www.strayanimalsday.org/

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Happy National Pet Month

National Pet Month runs from today (1st April) right through to the 4th May and it aims to raise awareness about pet welfare and how us owners can take even better care of our fluffy friends.

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Basically, the event aims to:

  • promote responsible pet ownership
  • make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
  • increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
  • raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals

All very laudable I’d say!

There are a whole bunch of events taking place up and down the UK (in theory – although Scotland isn’t represented at all, strangely) from competitions to festivals to shows. To find one taking place near you visit the map: http://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk/events/

Alternatively, if you want to take simple steps to ensure your pet is as healthy and happy as possible, follow the event’s top ten tips for responsible pet ownership:

1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements.
2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained.
3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.
4. Provide suitable housing and bedding.
5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.
6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.
7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.
8. Groom your pet regularly.
9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.
10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.

But most of all – enjoy your four legged critters. They’re not around as long as us and our time with them is precious. I’ll personally be going home and giving all 18 of mine an even bigger squish this evening. It may prove challenging with the goldfish, but I’ll give it a go.

For more information, visit the National Pet Month website at http://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk/

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Happy World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness, both of the threats to wildlife and of our ever increasing fight against wildlife crime.

As of 2014, there are 2,464 animals and 2,104 plants that have been labelled “critically endangered” and therefore face a high risk of extinction in the wild. The figures have more than doubled since 1998, when the levels were 854 and 909, respectively.

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Wildlife is incredible, but it’s more under threat than ever before. Numbers of wildlife crime cases in the UK are on the rise – just today Derbyshire reports a shot peregrine falcon and the fights against snares, hunting and badger baiting are all far from over. Please take a moment today to write to your local MP and urge them to do all they can to stamp out wildlife crime. Many politicians still stand by barbaric practices like snaring and trapping – which any compassionate human being would argue have no place in a supposedly modern society.

The fight against wildlife crime is of course enormous. None of us can do everything, and at times we even feel like we’re doing nothing. But every one of us has the power to influence change, so let’s start today.

To contact your local MP and find out where they stand on wildlife protection in the UK, click here: https://www.writetothem.com/

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