What’s Your Favourite Animal?

Most of us have a favourite animal. An animal that when we see it, our heart does a tiny heart-leap and sings a tiny heart-song. My favourite animal used to be the giraffe, but in my pre-vegan days I went to the zoo and the giraffes ignored me. So I had no choice but to pick a new favourite animal. From then it was the sloth. 

Click here for super cute photos of sloths. 

I love all animals but ESPECIALLY sloths! Luckily I’ve never seen one in person because I think I would faint from cuteness overload if I did. 

So naturally I would search online to find new pictures of sloths (yes, I have no life) and in doing so I stumbled across an article. The article stated that the famous sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica was motivated by money and in fact the sloths were neglected and mistreated. Who would mistreat any animal, especially a cute little sloth?! 

Then I kept searching and I found other articles to corroborate the original one. On top of that, I found out that sloths would often be taken from the wild to be sold as domesticated pets for people who like me, find sloths adorable, but unlike me, don’t respect that wild animals should live in the wild. These sloths are normally snatched from their mother, drugged, declawed and their teeth are cut, just so they can become someone’s pet. 

This got me thinking. There is not a single species that isn’t mistreated, abused and taken advantage of by a human.

So I’m proposing a little experiment, which will hopefully raise some sort of awareness for animals:

Please comment below with your favourite type of animal and I (or anyone who would like to) will reply describing how they are mistreated by humans.

I bet there is not a single species that isn’t mistreated 💚

26 thoughts on “What’s Your Favourite Animal?

    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah I thought you would have gone for crows, Dee 🙂 I don’t need to tell you how people abuse pigeons but for the other people reading these comments, pigeons are seen as rodents and it was only yesterday I saw a grown man run after pigeons to scare them. This is probably because pigeons are often looked upon as a pest and consequently lots of caging and spikes are put on buildings which result in sooooo many deaths (mostly pigeons).

      On top of their bad status, pigeon racing is actually a thing and like 99% of animal racing, pigeons are abused, made to race ridiculous distances (that result in death) and as soon as they are deemed not good enough, killed.

      Dee, I’m sure you can add to this 💚

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      1. Hyde says:

        Yeah. In regards to the urban ‘pests’; in addition to spikes, they’re baited & poisoned.
        -hunting
        -shooting contests
        -laboratory testing
        -wedding props [white pigeons used as ‘doves’]
        -movie props
        -classroom dissection

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah cats are so mega and you’re right, your cats rule the roost so you’d totally be evicted if you said anything but ‘cats’ haha 🙂

      I know you’re super aware Marcia, but for anyone else that doesn’t know, cats are farmed in some asian countries and frequently eaten. This is equating them to a farm animal in England (for example) and some people will be super uncomfortable with that.

      Cats are also bred and sold to make money which is absolutely not ok. Cats (like most other animals) are treated as the property of a human which is not the case. This can also mean that the cats don’t get the respect and care they deserve and need. Not only are the mothers normally treated horribly but the search for a new, cute breed has led to many cats being born with many problems, causing them to suffer. For more information on this, check out: https://theconversation.com/cute-and-condemned-to-suffering-its-time-to-ban-the-breeding-of-mutant-cats-65874

      I’m guessing we are talking about domesticated cats here, but also included could be the wild cats such as lions, tigers etc. Then we could talk about zoos and hunting too.

      Thanks for joining in Marcia 💚

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ahhh I love dolphins too. There is always a thought in the back of my mind that they could be like aliens… They are so clever but we are unable to communicate and they are made to live in the water, hence we’ll never know haha.

      So unfortunately dolphins are mistreated in so many ways. Most common ways are:
      – taken from the wild and kept in captivity at water parks to entertain people.
      – dolphins are often killed as by-catch whilst mass fishing takes place for smaller fish like tuna.
      – dolphins are killed (someties by harpoon!) and eaten in some countries. If you want to know more about how dolphins are hunted, check out the doco ‘The Cove’ – it’s pretty brutal though.

      If anyone knows any other ways that dolphins are mistreated then please list them below.

      Thanks for your mega choice and input my friend 💚

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Wow, interesting choice!

      So toucans are often taken as pets (because they are so beautiful) and they are often sold. If not considered a pet then the toucan would then be killed and their beaks and feathers are used as decorations. People also eat toucans, although I’m not sure how common this is.

      For the most famous case of cruelty to a toucan, check out: https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/toucan-nation/about (a very sad case of mutilation) 💚

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  1. Candice says:

    My son just got a little mouse and she makes us all so happy! So I’m going to have to say mouse. I’m sure they aren’t treated wonderful, but we are making sure our ‘Nala’ is living her best life!!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Thanks for responding Candice. I also had a pet mouse whilst growing up and got very upset when he died. I’m not sure if I’m super keen on taking mice from their wild environment and domesticating them though.

      You’re right that mice aren’t treated wonderfully and I’ll struggle to write down all the ways so we’ll focus on my top two.

      Mice are commonly treated horrifically whilst being experimented on – that’s a huge one for me. I can’t imagine them doing this to humans so the terror that a tiny mouse would have makes me feel sick.

      On top of that mice are also bred for feeding animals in places like zoos for animals like snakes. They are normally dropped into an enclosure and then wait to die with no way to escape.

      I’m happy your mouse has a much happier life but I would definitely not encourage breeding or pets (hopefully you saved your mouse) 🙂 💚

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  2. Luci Cook says:

    My favorite animal is a Corgi and black cats. I haven’t heard anything really bad about Corgis but black cats are thought to be a bad omen. Which is really sad because they are beautiful creatures.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Thanks for commenting Luci.

      Yep black cats get quite a hard time still in this day and age because of the silly idea that they could cause bad luck or are associated with evil. Nonsense. I love the fact that you favour them though.

      Corgis are simply a breed of dog as you know and dogs get treated badly because of laboratory experimentation, breeding, abandonment etc. As mentioned, corgis have it particularly bad when it comes to breeding. Because they are such a desired breed (I know quite a few families which have wanted corgis) bitches are kept and pregnated over and over to produce puppies and then sell them. This is a common problem for dogs but in particular desired breeds like corgis. Puppy farms are really disgusting the more you find out about them. If you would like to know more, check out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/east/series6/puppy_farms_dog_dealers.shtml 💚

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  3. Vivienne says:

    My favorites are dogs and cats! Dogs are so friendly and can give such unconditional love. And cats are fierce independent animals, but also has a very soft and loveable side to them. And I already know how badly they get mistreated by people, which is very sad, especially when they just want to be loved.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      I completely agree. I think it is quite obvious how dogs and cats get mistreated but what I find the most frustrating is that other animals act a lot like dogs and cats but because they are considered ‘farm animals’ or ‘wild animals’ there love and innocence is not appreciated. Hopefully this will change in the near future. Thanks for commenting 💚

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  4. Ashley says:

    Mine’s the giraffe, and I can just imagine. Zoo’s usually make me sad, they’re confined to these small places, with people’s faces pressed against the glass all day. Anyway. There’s a zoo near me that takes animals that other places won’t take (because of medical reasons or whatever), and does SO much education about wildlife and restoring our earth. It’s free to get in and is funded by passionate donors from everywhere. They have a sloth!! He hangs out in the tropical bird exhibit, visitors can walk right up to him. When he’s active (not sleeping in the tree) a zookeeper hangs out right next to him and answers questions about sloths. It’s so fun to see kids so astounded by what they’re learning. So, I see zoos as awful for the animal themselves, but in the long run, some zoos are really trying to make a conservation effort by showcasing them. I think of the Irwin’s massive zoo in Australia…you know those animals are loved and respected. Their conservation message is critical today.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ahhh love that we have (had) similar favourite animals (I’m still quite a lover of them tbh!).

      As usual I’m not sure we are going to agree but we’re used to that, right? 🙂 I’m genuinely sick of zoos claiming to do good. I don’t know of a single zoo that doesn’t have some shade over what they do or something unethical about them. I’m always open to hearing more about the zoo near you though.

      I also thought that Irwin growing up was a bit of a saint and an animal lover. However, he used to wrestle crocodiles (not always to help them out and mostly for entertainment). For more info on this, you can check out here: https://www.peta.org/features/steve-irwin/ So conservation is one thing, but it shouldn’t be at the price of exploitation.

      But to get back to giraffes 🙂 Giraffes are unfortunately bred and hunted in Africa for money (people pay a lot of money!) and there are quite a few docos on this (check out Louis Theroux’s African Hunting Holiday on Netflix – I think it’s still there).

      Also giraffes are taken into zoos which in my opinion is awful, especially when I saw them in London Zoo which is absolutely the wrong climate for them. Although the numbers of giraffes are in decline, there is zero reason to take them from their natural habitat and plonk them in an enclosure in the South of England (for example) simply to preserve the species (London Zoo haven’t even claimed that).

      As usual, I 100% appreciate your feedback and I’m always going to learn stuff from your comments whether we agree or not. Genuinely grateful for your input 💚

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  5. ameliacdowling says:

    Pleeeeeease tell me you’ve watched the Kristen Bell sloth meltdown video??!! My absolute favourite non-domesticated animal is cows, I absolutely love them and seeing a cow will never not make me smile (and wave at it lol) but I’m also completely dog mad!!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Hahahah I haven’t. Will do it now.

      *watching*

      I didn’t realise I was so similar to Kristen Bell hahahaha! That is pretty much my reaction. The sloth must be my spirit animal haha! I wish they hadn’t got a sloth for a party though, that seems pretty cruel.

      I totally get what you mean when it comes to cows. I ADORE them but I always get super sad driving past a farm knowing that they will die. I feel even sadder for the ones that are stuck inside that we can’t see. You’re a brave person to smile at every cow you see 💚

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      It’s funny you say that because pigs are very much like dogs – the way they act and emotional intelligence (well pigs are more intelligent) and yet people don’t value pigs as they do dogs (maybe because of the fur?).

      So dogs are mistreated in so many ways, despite being probably the most loved animal in the world. They are
      – eaten in some countries
      – bred for racing and killed when not good enough
      – bred for testing (beagles famously)
      – bred for selling
      – used for dog fighting
      – given back to shelters when they are unwanted.

      If you have any more ways then let me know as I’m sure there are many I’ve forgotten. It’s unfortunately very sad how humans will treat such a trusting animal.

      Thanks for taking part 💚

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  6. ladylebz says:

    I’d say my favourite is a dolphin, and unfortunately they’re being abused by humans 😦 We should do better as a human race, but the majority just don’t want to, which is exhausting 😦

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