Oh Dog! It’s time for another edition of Hisses and Purrs! Each week we share the good, and the not-so-good, news in animal welfare around the world.
Back and feeling thoroughly refreshed is Hissy Fit Jones. Are you ready to dole out some hisses?
Hisses to unknown hotel guests in Ontario. A week after two boys were killed by an African rock python in New Brunswick, forty distressed pythons were found in plastic tubs in a hotel room. The snakes were confiscated and housed by the Brant County SPCA.
Hisses to Princess Irina Walker, former Romanian royalty, and her husband, former deputy John Wesley Walker, who were arrested for allegedly running a cockfighting ring in Oregon. The two organized ten derbies since April, 2012. Blades were attached to the roosters’ feet and food was sold at the events. Both have pled not guilty and are out on bond while awaiting trial.
Hisses to the Australian Defense Force, as well as other military training operations, for still using live pigs to train medical staff. The military counters that live animals must be used to prepare medics to be battle-ready.
Hisses to the zoo in the Henan province of China who replaced their lion, who had been sent away for breeding, with a Mastiff dog. There was also a white fox being passed off as a leopard and a dog was identified as a wolf.
That last one is just too ridiculous! Makes me fear for the well-being of all the animals in that zoo.
OK, June Buggie, we need some purrs to lower our blood pressure. Are you ready after your week off?
Purrs to Veracruz, Mexico, for outlawing bullfighting, dog fighting and cockfighting. A first offense will result only in a warning, but subsequent offenses will result in a fine of over $500.
Purrs to the public outcry that convinced a court in Beja, Portugal, that Zico, a pit bull cross found responsible for killing a toddler, should not be killed but instead handed over to the animal welfare organization ANIMAL. Zico, who is 8 years old, had never shown signs of aggression before. The dog will work with professional trainers.
Last week Malachi mentioned that the US Fish and Wildlife refused to allow an Atlanta aquarium to import 18 Beluga Whales that had been captured by Russia. We are purring for the advocacy group Fins and Fluke, who has a change.org petition asking the Russian department of fisheries and Utrishskiy delphinarium to allow the whales to be rehabbed and eventually released back into the wild. Will you sign the petition?
Purrs to the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (Spana) for providing veterinary care for the working donkeys of Zimbabwe. In addition to providing health care for some 175,000 donkeys, the staff will provide education for the humans on how to properly care for their animals.
Thanks June Buggie! I really like to hear about positive things happening all around the world to help us animals!
So, do you have any hisses or purrs to add this week? And which layout do you like better? This week’s, or last week’s?