He is no stranger to controversy and has made headlines for his views on rape, paedophilia and aborting babies with Down’s syndrome.
Yesterday Professor Richard Dawkins turned his attention to the subject of people who set fireworks off all year round and the distress they cause animals.
By Laura Cox—Daily Mail
The 73-year-old biologist unleashed a furious rant on-line after he claimed his beloved dogs were left terrorised by the loud bangs.
Taking to social network site Twitter, Prof Dawkins told his one million followers the explosions are no longer reserved for specific celebrations: ‘It isn’t Guy Fawkes Day. It isn’t New Year. It isn’t even a weekend. Why are there fireworks, terrifying the dogs and other non-human animals?’
Prof Dawkins, who taught at Oxford University until his retirement in 2008, added in a second Tweet: ‘Selfishly, I like fireworks. But I suspect that my dogs’ terror is typical of thousands of animals, tame and wild. Don’t you care about them?’
Prof Dawkins, an outspoken atheist, made his comments on Monday night, several days after Diwali, known as the festival of light and celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs, which saw scores of fireworks let off last week.