It’s time for another edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week we run down the good, and the not-so-good, in animal welfare. Hissy Fit Jones has been working overtime this week. When you read what he’s got to share, you’ll be hissing too.
Take it away, Hissy.
Hisses to the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Stock Co. of the Hubei province in China, for dumping ammonia in the Fuhe River. The ammonia dumping resulted in the death of many fish. Chinese officials report having cleaned up 220,000 lb of fish from the river.
Hisses to the poachers who poisoned watering holes at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and killed 41 elephants for their tusks. The poachers were apprehended and charged for their crimes, but that will not stop their actions from impacting all the animals in the region.
Hisses to the as-yet-unknown perpetrators who, on September 1st, threw a kitten from a silver Hyundai Sonata toward people gathered to peacefully protest in Charlotte, North Carolina. The people were gathered in support of Japan Dolphin Day, a day to bring awareness about the dolphin slaughter in Japan. The kitten, believed to be between 6-10 weeks old, died minutes later from internal injuries. The Animal Legal Defense League has offered a $2000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the individuals responsible.
What? Are you kidding me? I hear the law enforcement officers were just as upset and mad as the protesters were. This clown’s days are numbered!
June Buggie, please give us some purrs so we can all calm down again.
Purrs to the people of the UK who are protesting the badger culls. Volunteers have gone out to make loud noises and shine bright lights to frighten the badgers into hiding in hopes of saving their lives.
Purrs to the Animal Liberation NSW, who purchased a hexacopter drone and fitted it with high-definition video equipment for use in investigations of commercial farming. The drone is being used to investigate livestock farms to determine if free range chickens are actually kept under free range conditions.
Purrs to Animal Place in Grass Valley, CA, who rescued 1150 chickens that a commercial egg producer planned to gas. The two-year old laying hens had never been outside of cages and had never seen sunlight. Animal Place will fly them cross-country on a private jet to New York, where they will live out their days in back yards across the northeast. And extra-special purrs to the anonymous donor that donated the money to let these flightless birds fly.
Oh June Buggie, that makes my heart happy again. There ARE lots of good people in the world!
What about you? Do YOU have any hisses or purrs to share this week?