Last week was notable for three things: an alpaca named Geronimo, a report that led the UN secretary-general António Guterres, to call it a “code red for humanity”, and the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan. We discuss all three. We also have a shortcast from veterinary scientist Iain McGill (who has done so much work exposing the government’s failed ‘test and slaughter’ BovineTB policy), and raw audio from Dominic on the ‘Rescue the Animal Rescuers’ campaign. Charlie has a close look at a petition which it turns out wants ‘animal rights protestors’ kept off farms. In Heroes and Villains we praise the animal welfare teams working in Kabul, and slate the politicians that made such a mess of last week. In our ‘Shoutout’ we give the link to donate to Nowzad, Pen Farthing’s animal rescue centre in Afghanistan.