News from the Natural World: 90% of Pets found to suffer from debilitating Stockholm Syndrome during lockdown.
News from the Natural World: 90% of Pets found to suffer from debilitating Stockholm Syndrome during the lockdown. Pets in the United Kingdom have played “an incredibly important role” through a period of “social loneliness”. During the early days of the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent lockdown one of the few reasons people could go out “was to walk your dog“. Pet ownership has soared and this has led to a huge increase in puppy factories and a devastating new reality for dogs and cats in the UK. It has led to an imminent animal welfare crisis for lockdown pets. Dozens of animal rescue centres across the UK and Ireland are facing closure due to the pandemic, with more than half seeing their income drop by 50%. Unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats across the UK have continued to need help throughout the different lockdown measures and, with a major recession looming, this is likely to get worse as owners struggle to afford to care for them. The UK as a whole is likely to see an increase of up to 27% more dogs being abandoned or left to stray in the next five years. In addition, more than 40% of people who bought puppies during lockdown admitted they had not previously planned to get a dog. With demand so high, and the market so lucrative, many may have inadvertently acquired these animals from less reputable sources. As a result, thousands of pets have suffered the effects of poor breeding and ill health, with a few high profile examples even hitting the headlines. Rumours have been circulating across the animal kingdom that all of these lockdown pets have been suffering from a debilitating form of Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response. It occurs when hostages or abuse victims bond with their captors or abusers. This psychological connection develops over the course of the days, weeks, months, or even years of captivity or abuse. But were these pets suffering from this Stockholm Syndrome?