Sean's Stories

Posted by sean on April 6, 2019 at 11:52 pm in Animals, Have I Got News For You with No Comments

This evening I am depressed. Depressed because my football team, Leeds United, have let me down once again – losing a stupid, but crucial match. I can’t even console myself with Bath City’s result, as they lost too!

I’m not going to waste your time or mine, by moaning anymore today, about how 11 men in shorts have ruined my weekend. Instead, I’ll blog about a story I found on Twitter, which temporarily eased my melancholy…

I was cheered up, when I read that a man had been killed.

Before you all judge me, there’s a story behind this…

Now do you see why I was less than sympathetic? The man was trying to illegally murder an animal threatened with extinction.

I’m not celebrating the fact a man has died, but if I had to choose for either an illegal poacher or an innocent animal to be killed, I would pick the poacher.

Anyway, I think Babar enjoyed taking his revenge. He even had an attempt at cooking the hapless hunter…

Aslan certainly appreciated Babar’s efforts…

Posted by sean on March 15, 2019 at 8:48 pm in Animals with No Comments

It’s Cheltenham Festival week – a time where millions of people across the globe go horse-mad, despite avoiding the sport for the other 51 weeks of the year. It’s just like those who watch Wimbledon, yet in reality hate tennis. Jumping on the bandwagon.

I am not one of those people who went horse-mad. I am no expert in that (horse) field. I have no idea how to even place a bet on racing – or should that be “I have neigh idea”. Apologies.

My wife, Claire, enjoys the racing and in the past has been to Bath Races, so does not fall into the group of ‘bandwagon-jumpers’, mentioned above.

Being a racing fan, Claire enjoyed watching the television coverage, throughout the week.

As we generally spend our homelife together, I was able to watch many of the races with Claire.

It was the penultimate race of the entire festival, this afternoon, that I became generally excited about a horse race, for the first time ever.

No, I hadn’t put money on the outcome – I don’t know how, remember. In fact, it was only towards the end of the race that I took any real interest.

My attention was originally caught, when a poor horse fell. Tragically, it later died.

While watching the race, we noticed a horse running alongside all the others, despite not having a jockey on its back. Presumably the jockey had fallen off, somewhere along the way.

As the horses (and remaining jockeys) got closer and closer to the finish line, the horse who had lost its jockey, got closer and closer to the front of the pack.

Claire and I started to get excited…

Due to a rule which I strongly oppose, the jockeyless horse was not declared the winner. Apparently, the horse AND the jockey have to both cross the finish line.

At least give the horse some recognition! It won’t want a large financial prize – it’s financially stable! Financially stable! Stable! Get it? I give up. No, the winning horse would be happy enough with a tube of Polos and a carrot!

The horse which, in my eyes won, is ironically named Time Waits For No One. I am therefore delighted to award him (or her) the SEAN’S STORIES F-HAY CUP.

As well as a cup, TWFNO will be awarded a carrot, from the Asda vegetable aisle. However, as Cheltenham is a long way from Bath, I am sure everyone will agree that the best thing to do, is to give the carrot to our pet rabbit, Roman.

Posted by sean on February 23, 2019 at 11:41 pm in Animals with No Comments

The US animal rights organisation, PETA, have been sounding off on Twitter and understandably upsetting a lot of people, by directing criticism in the direction of the late, great Steve Irwin.

#SteveIrwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile & wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s #GoogleDoodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats.

Steve Irwin’s actions were not on target with his supposed message of protecting wildlife. A real wildlife expert & someone who respects animals for the individuals they are leaves them to their own business in their natural homes.

It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences & force them to perform as Steve Irwin did. Animals deserve to live as they want to, not as humans demand––the #GoogleDoodle should represent that.

Here is the offending animation…

As someone who has always been a keen supporter of animal rights, I was surprised to find myself feeling the need to post a blog, criticising a company whose aim is to apparently protect the welfare of animals.

However, I struggle to see how anyone who saw Steve Irwin’s fantastic work, cannot appreciate how he always had the best interests of the animals at heart. I am not going to lie and say that the snakes and crocodiles he handled didn’t get aggravated, but he only made contact with creatures to demonstrate their sheer beauty and power. It must not be forgotten, that he always kept their stress levels to a minimum, by using correct handling techniques, while ensuring contact time was always as brief as possible.

Many people have said how, by watching Steve’s work with animals, they were educated on wildlife and even developed an interest of their own on the subject.

Steve Irwin also built a zoo, which is still open today, being run by his family. The zoo focuses on animal conservation and has saved many animals from extinction.

So, PETA – while, as an animal lover, I appreciate your aims and aspirations, I cannot agree with you on Steve Irwin. In fact, I feel that you should cultivate yourselves more on his work, before issuing an apology to his family.

Posted by sean on October 10, 2018 at 11:37 am in Animals with No Comments

My transformation into a vegetarian has been in place for about 6 weeks now. From memory, the last time I touched meat was in August.

I have no intentions of changing back to a meat-muncher, despite eating the stuff for 20 years. For those wondering “why only 20?”, I had a spell of being a veggie in my teenager years, but lost all will power at 16, when I joined Bath College, which was minutes away from Burger King.

Despite my dedication to this new diet, there are still meats that I miss. There is little chance of me giving into temptation, as I would just think of my poor pet rabbit, while munching on a sausage.

Animal flesh I miss eating

  • Big Mac
  • Bacon sandwich
  • Pepperoni pizza
  • Mattersons sausage
  • Wall’s sausage
  • Roast chicken in gravy
  • Burger King cheeseburger
  • Nandos peri peri chicken
  • Pork pies with sandwich pickle
  • KFC chicken
  • Haribo sweets (contain geletin)
  • Milky Bar dessert (geletin)
  • Chicken pies
  • Hunters chicken
  • Swartz Bros BBQ cheeseburger

I hope all those pigs, cows, chickens and, in some cases, rats, are happy that I have sacrificed some of my favourite foods, so they can live.

Posted by sean on May 31, 2018 at 7:07 pm in Animals, Fun At Home with No Comments

This filthy rat was spotted on the decking outside the house, one morning this week.

What it was doing in our garden, I do not know, as Claire and I are always careful not to leave out any sources of food – ensuring kitchen waste is stored inside locked recycling boxes. I have also sacrificed my dream of having a bird table in the back garden, as that too will attract rats, as well as the animals of an ornithological nature, for which it was intended.

One things is for sure, if ratty hangs around too long, the exterminator at the council will be called – which will mean “Bye bye, Mr. Rat”.

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