British people love their pets and animals
○ More than a half of all British people have at least one pet
○ There are 8.6 million pet cats in the UK
○ 8.3 million pet dogs
○ 18 million goldfish
○ The Queen is always associated with her pet corgis
○ Animals are seen as part of the family – they are given Christmas presents and presents on their birthdays!
○ Children’s TV and books focus a lot on animals and pets (e.g. Peppa Pig)
The RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was founded over 50 years earlier than the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
○ Cases of animal abuse are seen as very serious
We even give our animals medals for bravery in war – The Dickin medal
Why do British people love animals so much?
○ It is said that it is because British people can show their emotions more to an animal than to other people!
British people love animals that we would have as pets
○ Traditionally, animals like foxes were hunted – fox hunting was banned in 2005
○ Seen as a upper-class activity
○ Hunting is not as popular as it is in the USA – becoming seen as cruel and not socially acceptable as in the past.
○ Eating dog or horse meat is seen as completely unacceptable