It is no longer news to find stories of psychic animals on TV or on the Internet. This is after Paul the Octopus successfully predicted the winner of the World Cup 2010. When he passed away, zoos and other animal shelters have been desperately making a psychic out of their pets in order for them to become the next sensation.
However, this has caused some concerns among animal rights activists, especially with the introduction of Yvonne the cow, Kashmir the alpaca, and Xaver, the bulldog.
The Tierschutzbund group of Germany is concerned that these animals may have been overused throughout the duration of the tournament.
“These days, everybody who has an animal seems to put it in front of a camera,” said Marius Tunte of the Tierschutzbund group. His group believes that the dignity of these animals are compromised when they are used as oracles.
The use of the psychic animals has reached the point that every station had one psychic animal to predict the winner of the matches. However, Stephen Evans of BBC News is quick to note that the animal rights activist group seemed to have just ignored an internet radio station which is also using a psychic animal, a python named Ado.
It may also be worthy to note that Paul the Octopus died, due to a heavy summer of working on who was going to win the World Cup, at the age of 2. Before he died, when he was at the peak of his stardom, many other aquariums offered to take him. Among these was one based in Spain.
Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18605790