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Closer to nature: Why humans love animals so much

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We love being closer to nature. It seems almost everyone loves animals, but it is not at all obvious why. Pets, for example, can cost a lot of money. They need feeding, cleaning, vaccinations, and supervision. Yet this is not a chore to millions of pet owners, it is a pleasure.

In fact, in the UK alone, almost half of the population own some sort of animal, and the dog and cat food industry has a market value of around 2.5 billion pounds.

That’s a lot of food, and a lot of hungry dogs and cats.

So even in these hard economic times, why do millions of people continue to fork out to pay for their animals?

Because humans and animals have an intimate connection that spans millions of years.

The pleasure that comes from being around animals appears to be an ancient behaviour in humans. Pet-keeping was common in hunter-gatherer societies so, it seems, the human-animal connection must be ‘built’ in to our DNA.

There are some interesting theories to explain why we love animals so much. For one, we are social animals that like to seek social relationships with others: even if that relationship is with another species.

Other theories range from women keeping pets to demonstrate they can be good, nurturing mothers to humans sticking around animals because it showed the environment was a habitable one.

We think it could be all of this and more.

After all, humans have ‘grown up’ on this planet, alongside the animal kingdom. Together we make up the living, breathing, life-force of the planet. We are biological cousins on the tree of life, and it is a beautiful extended family.

Animals humble us. They evoke wonder. They allow us to express our caring side, especially if they are dependent on our care. It is not at all surprising to read that affection for pets correlates with a concern for the natural world.

Could it be that, by caring for, and enjoying the time of a particular animal, we are each briefly expressing our appreciation for the world we live in?

That’s what we think. To really try to understand the human-animal connection, and what makes it so special, we have put together an infographic. Take a look and find out more.

 

If you would like to get closer to nature, contact us. We would love to hear from you. In the meantime, take a look at the animals under our care and visit our home page to find out more about what it is we do.

Pets as Therapy: The Ultimate Guide

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Animals have been bringing smiles to our faces for years, but that’s just scratching the surface of what they’re capable of. Animal-assisted therapy (often shortened to AAT) has solidified itself as a genuine form of therapy and has improved the lives of thousands of people all over the world.

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Animals For Christmas

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We know the phrase, “a puppy/kitten is for life, not for Christmas” but still hundreds are received as gifts every year and many are taken to shelters or worse, abandoned.  What can we do to help these little guys? Read More

I’m An Animal Get Me Out Of Here!

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Trophy hunting sent us in hysterics but when it is for our own entertainment we turn a blind eye. What does this say about us as a nation of animal lovers?

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is a show I was obsessed with when it first started back in 2002 (being 14 at the time) but in the latter years I started to step back and change my perspective. I now watch the thousands of insects and arachnids thrown onto celebrities, 40 snakes squeezed into a small glass tank, celebrities crawling through rat tunnels and live animals eaten for entertainment.

So here is the question; Do we not consider foul treatment of invertebrates, reptiles and small mammals abuse or are we purposefully ignoring the signs for our own entertainment? Read More