Friday, 22 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
Its been quite a long and exhausting weekend at the Felis Britannica cat show in Lutterworth this weekend. I had a great time, but am glad that I can return to normal seahorse duties.
The point of my post right now isn't to talk about seahorses or to post any pictures but to reach out to those who read and follow my thread about something that I feel strongly about. As many of you may know, as well as the seahorses, I also keep dogs and cats. My animals are like an extension of my family and so I can't imagine how horrible it would be to have one of my much loved dogs taken away from me without reason and for a destruction order to be placed on his head because of the way he looks. Sadly, Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is something that allows this to happen because of the way a dog looks. Certain breeds are banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act, including Pit Bull type breeds.
Over the last couple of years, I have been following the plight of one dog in particular. In May 2010 a 5 year old dog living in Northern Ireland was seized under the DDA after officials visited his house. His name is Lennox - you may already have heard of him. Lennox is an American Bull Dog cross. Lennox is not a banned breed but because a tape measure determined otherwise, he has now been condemned to die. It isn't difficult to see that a huge mistake has been made. There are so many bad and sad things that have happened over the last 2 years with Lennox's case. There are so many lies and misjudgments that have been made. Many people, including the likes of Victoria Stillwell, Cesar Millan and the first minister for Northern Ireland are backing the campaign to have Lennox released.
I am not the sort to wave propaganda in people's faces or fight ferociously for a cause but Lennox's case has struck a cord with me and the fact that I keep a big dog (more breeds are likely to be added to the BSL list) makes me feel strongly for his family. There isn't much I can do as an individual, but I can try and encourage people to read about Lennox, sign a petition to release him and perhaps contact authorities to voice your feelings about the situation. Perhaps if you have your own blog, you could do the same and spread the word.
Lennox's family have a webpage where you can read all about his story and follow the campaign to release him so far. You can read about him here - http://savelennox.com/
You can sign his petition here - http://www.savelennoxpetition.co.uk/
If you have any pet dogs, please read Lennox's story and think about his family.
Thank you for listening :)
Posted by Louise at 18:40
Monday, 11 June 2012
I've been trying to catch up on posts and photo's this weekend but just keep taking really rubbish pictures!
The babies that were born in April are all starting to colour up nicely and get their typical H.erectus markings. They are an active bunch which makes them quite mesmerizing to watch. Unfortunately, these were the best photo's I could get.
The babies that were born in January are also doing really well but I couldn't get any decent pictures of them, so I took a quick video of them waiting to be fed. They always make me laugh when its feeding time because when you walk towards the tank they all huddle together in a corner waiting for their food. Its not a very long video, but you'll see what I mean :)
I've also been busy preparing our two kittens (who are getting big now) for a show this weekend so I'll try and get some better pictures/video's of the seahorses when I have more time next week.
A quick update on my large tank as you may remember that I posted about a crypto outbreak. Thankfully, all of the seahorses are doing fine and still are showing no signs of parasites. They will remain in HT for at least another couple of months; although I may extend this even more to ensure my tank is in tip top condition for them. The clownfish made a full recovery and is still undergoing treatment. Initially the cardinals didn't show any signs, but then did go on to develop an infestation. Sadly, we lost one of them but the others appear to be doing OK.
Posted by Louise at 17:44