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keyboard_coffee2This week The Beast Without website and blog will have been public for three months. It has been an interesting experience, and now seems as good a time as any for a brief pause to reflect; an intermission of sorts. For such a young site, we already receive a surprising amount of traffic – especially from ‘regular users’ – and that’s very gratifying. So may I offer a very big and sincere thank you to all you repeat visitors, and I hope I can maintain your interest going forward.

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SouthAfrica11#3The way people relate to non-human animals is deeply rooted in need, culture and upbringing, and this has extensive historical precedence. For most of our species’ time on earth, our relationship with animals was likely to have been very different from the current situation; it was almost certainly a more threatened and utilitarian one. More recently, our ability to control the immediate environment meant that animals no longer posed the constant threat they once certainly would have, and this was significantly consolidated once we learned to harness animals for our own purposes through domestication.

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Some people reading this will have come back to this site having used it previously to locate information about the Cape Animal Behaviour Centre, or are people that know us, but hopefully it will soon begin to also include many who are coming here for the first time and are doing so specifically because they are interested in what we are now doing. The Animal Rehabilitation Initiative (ARI) was where most of us involved in the CABC started on this journey, and is in many ways our first and abiding love.

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