From last Thursday's Telegraph (my apologies if it's already been posted):
TrueBiscuit: Animal privacy rights
(7 posts) (4 voices)
If my dog wants me to respect his right to privacy, he should stop licking his balls on the floor in front of the tv.
What next? Animal agents demanding performance fees before you can cross the Serengeti?
Does this include humans having sex with animals...or am I OK
Depends. Have you confirmed consent from the animals concerned?
We always make our cats wear knickers, to stop the peeping Toms, Jeni.
I have mixed feelings about this debate. There is a lot of talk, now, about some animals being sentient and perhaps should be classed as human. I think we might have been a bit arrogant, over the last few thousand years, to assume that only humans have thoughts or feelings or whatever.
Anyway, I know our cats don't like being watched when they are going to the loo, so it suggests that they are experiencing some sort of embarrassment. Perhaps I stare too hard.
It does raise some issues Plucky, and having seen the footage of the Chimps grieving I have to agree that some of the higher simians could be considered human.
Dear old Barney used to hide behind trees when doing a number two to stop anyone seeing him. If he was out on the lead, he'd always turn his back on us instead.
I must admit, I don't like when the dog comes into the bathroom when I'm on the loo, so what's good for the goose and all that...
I know what you mean about dogs licking their bollocks, though, Jeni. I expect some men would, though, if they could. I always tell our cats off for cleaning their undercarriages in front of the fire. I suggest to them that they have never seen Mrs Munky doing it.
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