It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for another edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week we run down the good, and not-so-good, in animal welfare.
First up is Hissy Fit Jones, and boy, does he have some vicious hisses to dole out this week!
Hisses to Taiwan, for allowing an outbreak of rabies in the country. Rabies had been eradicated from the country 50 years ago, but disease control officials have not been diligent in ensuring it didn’t return. Now all shelter and breeder animals are required to administer vaccinations to their animals.
Hisses to Angela Russell and five of her family members who ran Crunchy’s Animal Rescue near Abingdon in the UK. The center was raided in January, 2012, and 80 animals were removed from horrific conditions. Each person involved was convicted of 16 animal welfare offenses and banned from owning animals for 10 years.
Hisses to the Durham, Connecticut, Agricultural Fair Association for bringing an elephant show to the fair. Florida-based Elephant Experience, owned by Bill Morris, will display its two elephants. Morris sees his show as educational because he talks about the difference between Indian and African elephants. Of course, I’m sure he won’t say anything about how elephants require companionship from family members and thrive on touch.
Oh Dog! I am disgusted! I think we need a dose of purrs now to calm us all down. June Buggie? Ya got any?
Purrs to the North Carolina legislature for not passing the ag-gag bill in that state. That means that none of the 11 ag-gag bills on state dockets this year became law. YAY!
Purrs to the country of Nepal, whose population of tigers in the wild has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009. Sadly, it’s estimated that less than 2,000 tigers remain in the wild worldwide.
Purrs to Sam Simon, co-developer of The Simpsons, who after learning he was terminally ill willed his fortune to animal welfare causes and to food banks. Simon has supported animal welfare for years, and now wants his fortune to benefit others.
And purrs to the thousands of animal-loving people of New Zealand who turned out today to protest against the Psychoactive Substances Bill. The bill, which would regulate the sale of party pills and synthetic cannabis, allows for testing of the products on animals.
That’s awesome, June Buggie! Thanks!
Now it’s your turn. Do YOU have any hisses or purrs to share with us this week?
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