Welcome to this week’s edition of Hisses and Purrs, our regular feature where we run down the good, and the not-so-good, in animal welfare around the world.
Alright, Hissy, are you ready?
Hisses to the US House of Representatives for passing a Farm Bill that included the dreadful King Amendment. This amendment overrules any state regulations regarding the care of animals. Seems like Republicans are all about States’ rights…. except when they’re not.
Hisses to Huntingdon, Quebec, Mayor Stephane Gendron, who recently made comments about accelerating when he sees a stray cat in the road. He also said he he recently backed over a kitten. He is now being investigated by the The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Gendron has since apologized for his comments.
Hisses to the over 150 people arrested in the US this past week as a part of “Operation Wild Web,” which identified online wildlife trafficking. The operation involved involving US Fish and Wildlife and investigators from 16 states. Items seized under “Operation Wild Web” included pelts from Sumatran tigers, zebra, leopards, and jaguars, whale teeth, ivory from walrus and elephants, and live birds.
Oh Dog! I’d like to sell them all to a laboratory for scientific research!
June Buggie, give us some good news!
Purrs to Kunal Kapoor, Bollywood film actor, for urging India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare to ban the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other countries.
Purrs to The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services for providing free veterinary services this summer at the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Indian Reservations in North Dakota.
Purrs to Bazz the black Labrador Retriever, who was trained by Australian beekeeper Josh Kennett to sniff out a serious bee disease called American foulbrood. There’s no cure known at present, so the only way to get a handle on the disease is to quarantine contagious bees.
Purrs to the New York firefighter who saved a dog that climbed over the window guard and became trapped on a window ledge. This guy is my new hero! Here’s a video of the rescue filmed by an observer:
Do you have any hisses or purrs to dole out this week?
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