Published On: Tue, Nov 17th, 2015

6 World’s Most Controversial Animals

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From cheeseburgers to religious debates, the bovine has always been in the limelight, despite being a rather unassuming creature. Because of its supposed quality as sacred vote gatherer, the cow enjoys the distinction of being the only animal to garner the affection of the Indian politician.

Paul the Octopus

Paul became an overnight sensation after he made several accurate predictions in the 2010 Football World Cup. Presented with two boxes of food with different country flags decorating them, the animal oracle would ‘predict’ the winning team by eating from that box of food. Paul found fame as a Google doodle, an iPhone app and as a memorial in Oberhausen, Germany.

Paul became an overnight sensation after he made several accurate predictions in the 2010 Football World Cup. Presented with two boxes of food with different country flags decorating them, the animal oracle would ‘predict’ the winning team by eating from that box of food. Paul found fame as a Google doodle, an iPhone app and as a memorial in Oberhausen, Germany.

Pig in a Poke

Orwell’s Animal Farm satirizes the erstwhile Soviet Union, with the pigs taking on the roles of Stalin, Lenin, Karl Marx and other Soviet agents in a scathing critique of Stalinism. All possible ‘pig’ synonyms are used as abuse words, and many a bar fight has been fought over the obese creature.

Orwell’s Animal Farm satirizes the erstwhile Soviet Union, with the pigs taking on the roles of Stalin, Lenin, Karl Marx and other Soviet agents in a scathing critique of Stalinism. All possible ‘pig’ synonyms are used as abuse words, and many a bar fight has been fought over the obese creature.

Dolly the Sheep

Who would have thought one wooly creature could spark off the most vigorous debates on  the ethics and ramifications of cloning? Plagued by health problems, Dolly was finally put down in 2003 due to lung disease.

Who would have thought one wooly creature could spark off the most vigorous debates on the ethics and ramifications of cloning? Plagued by health problems, Dolly was finally put down in 2003 due to lung disease.

Cannibal Holocaust

Six animal deaths appear onscreen in this orgy of violence and animal slaughter—a film so graphic that it led to the arrest of its director Ruggero Deodato on obscenity charges. Seven animals were killed for the production, as the filmmaker defied all possible safety regulations (and decency).

Six animal deaths appear onscreen in this orgy of violence and animal slaughter—a film so graphic that it led to the arrest of its director Ruggero Deodato on obscenity charges. Seven animals were killed for the production, as the filmmaker defied all possible safety regulations (and decency).

Laika

Launched into outer space with certain death awaiting her, Laika was a Moscow street dog that attained ‘glory’ by being the first animal to orbit the earth aboard Soviet spaceship Sputnik 2. She died from overheating of the cabin in her 4th orbit, launching a worldwide debate on animals sacrificed for science.

Launched into outer space with certain death awaiting her, Laika was a Moscow street dog that attained ‘glory’ by being the first animal to orbit the earth aboard Soviet spaceship Sputnik 2. She died from overheating of the cabin in her 4th orbit, launching a worldwide debate on animals sacrificed for science.

The Holy Cow

From cheeseburgers to religious debates, the bovine has always been in the limelight, despite being a rather unassuming creature. Because of its supposed quality as sacred vote gatherer, the cow enjoys the distinction of being the only animal to garner the affection of the Indian politician.

From cheeseburgers to religious debates, the bovine has always been in the limelight, despite being a rather unassuming creature. Because of its supposed quality as sacred vote gatherer, the cow enjoys the distinction of being the only animal to garner the affection of the Indian politician.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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