Oh Dog! Time for another installment of our segment, Hisses and Purrs. Each week Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie run down the good, and the not-so-good, in the world of animal welfare.
First off, here’s Hissy Fit Jones to dole out some fearsome hisses!
Hisses to India for working to bring greyhound racing to the country. The first track is in the works for Punjab. Shameful!
Hisses to Pamplona for its annual Running of the Bulls, which began July 7th. Each year 48 bulls are tortured and killed to encourage tourists to come to the area. So here’s an extra-special HISSSSSSSS!!! for every one of those tourists that attends the Festival of Sanfermines, ensuring this horrid behavior will continue.
Hisses to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for granting an inspection permit to a horse slaughter plant operator in New Mexico. They may also soon approve slaughter plants in Iowa and Missouri. This means horse slaughter will soon be happening in the US. When that happens, you can rest assured you’ll be feeding your dogs and cats horse meat.
Hisses to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa. Lauren Fagen, 18, of Montreal, volunteered at the center and was mauled by a lion named Duma. The tiger reached through the bars and dragged her legs into the cage while Lauren was kissing its fur. The center is being hissed because this seems to be a theme repeated in wild cat sanctuaries around the world. For Cats’ Sake, you gotta be more responsible in vetting these volunteers. Foolish young girls who are “in love” with untamed creatures but have no clue about their true nature have no business being left alone for any length of time anywhere near one of these animals. Even though it’s usually the human’s fault, it’s the animal that pays the consequences.
And still more hisses to South Africa! Environment minister Edna Molewa announced that South Africa will seek to sell part of its stockpile of rhino horn. The plan is to flood the market and sabotage the black marketeers. It would actually create a larger demand, which will ensure the demise of the rhinoceros.
Ugh! Makes me want to eat some grass and puke on all of them.
I think we need to hear some good news now. Ya got any, June Buggie?
Purrs to President Obama for signing an Executive Order to provide funds for nations that are fighting poaching. The order also creates a task force that will coordinate anti-poaching efforts and track criminals who profit from the illegal ivory trade.
Purrs to India for enacting a ban on testing cosmetics on animals. Now about that greyhound racing…..
Purrs to Russia for approving legislative amendments that offer stricter punishments for poaching and trafficking endangered species. The law was submitted by President Putin. The new fine for such activities will be the US equivalent of $35,000.
Purrs to New South Wales for disbanding the Game Council and banning hunting on public lands for the next two months. The action was taken by the state government after the council’s acting chief executive, Greg McFarland, and a volunteer were charged with illegal hunting and trespass.
And purrs to British evolutionary biologist Simon Watt, the creator of The Ugly Animals Preservation Society. This group promotes the preservation of the animals that don’t get the attention of cute mammals, but are still at risk of extinction.
Your turn. Who do YOU believe deserves a hiss or a purr this week?