Happy Tuesday that acts like a Monday! The UK had a bank holiday, and of course we here in the US celebrated Memorial Day, so humans are dragging! Not me though, because Jen has the day off to make up for being on call this weekend.
As we now do each Tuesday, Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie run down the Hisses and Purrs for the week. Here we list some of the best- and worst- stories in Animal Welfare.
Hisses to The Airports Company South Africa for removing an ad placed at OR Tambo International airport by Avaaz that asked tourists to tell President Zuma to end the trade of lion bones in South Africa. Avaaz took court action after the ads’ removal. South Africa’s export of lion bone increased 250% between 2008 and 2010. The bones are used to make sex potions for sale in Asia.
Hisses to David Gill, owner of South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Northwest England, for lying about the circumstances surrounding the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay last Friday. Gill told the BBC that McClay had entered a pen with a Sumatran tiger, when in fact, the tiger escaped its enclosure and attacked McClay in an area supposed to be off-limits to the animal. When will humans end the barbaric practice of putting animals on display for their entertainment?
Hisses to the Sirius Institute for selling a ridiculous scheme they call “dophinization of the planet.” They plan to do this through “dolphin therapy” and now with “birthing with the dolphins,” whereby expectant mothers give birth while in the water with “therapeutic dolphins”. What a load of crap! Now I have no pity for humans. If they’re dumb enough for fall for that, they deserve to get ripped off. But what about these poor dolphins?
Purrs to the activists who marched on the Australian Parliament House Sunday to demand a ban on live exports of animals. The march was organized after it was learned cattle exported from Australia to Egypt were cruelly treated prior to and during slaughter.
Purrs to animal lovers and animal welfare advocates in China for asking President Obama to help them put an end to the annual Dog Meat Festival held on June 21st in Yulin, Guangxi. Locals believe eating dog meat will prevent disease, increase sexual performance and get rid of ghosts. I’m sure glad we don’t live there!
And purrs to the ASPCA, IFAW, Code 3 Associates Animal Disaster Response, RedRover, and the other agencies and people who are helping animals in Moore, Oklahoma, be cared for and reunited with their human caretakers. You rock!!!
Do YOU have any hisses or purrs to share?