“Last year I spent a day filming a conference for people who work with assistance dogs. The event featured a number of speakers who trained these animals to work with the physically disabled, people with autism, the blind and deaf. Many of the trainers brought their dogs onstage. The crowd adored them and they were, of course, the real stars of the show.
Unsurprisingly, the common refrains from the speakers were ‘I love animals’, ‘Animals are my life’ and words to that effect. It was quite inspirational.
Lunchtime rolled around and the hundred-strong crowd filed into the dining area. There were no vegetarian options. This in itself didn’t strike me as unusual. But what was amazing was that everyone, speakers included, were invariably tucking into large helpings of beef, pork, chicken and lamb. It seemed that the outpouring of love for animals was in reality, reserved only for some animals….”