Today is apparently World Laboratory Animal Day, and the bearded and beaded tree-huggers want everyone out to demonstrate their support. I for one will be joining them in smoking a few extra tabs and using a bit more detergent around the house as a tribute to the Beagles' stirling work. If the weather clears I'll be tanning a bit of meat on the braai too, and in deference to our sandal-wearing soap-dodgers' high minded morals I will not be using any genetically modified meat but rather something that has had to forage for it's own graze. The lifelights in the eyes of these fluffy creatures will have been turned off by yours truly and I hope Tarquin and Henrietta-Charlotte of 13A Credibility Street, Islington, W4N KA5 appreciate the support I'll be lending. Although I'm usually less than keen on omnivores I'm even toying with the idea of a couple of fox burgers.