It’s time for another edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie run down the good, and the not-so-good, news about animals and their plight around the world.
First up, Hissy Fit Jones, and he is in rare form this week!
Hisses to the farmers, sellers, and purchasers of kopi luwak, a type of coffee excreted by Indonesian palm civets. BBC reporters went undercover and learned that the coffee, which companies claim comes from “wild sources” actually comes from civets that are kept in barren cages with no stimulation. Some animals are kept in horrific conditions. And a special round of hisses to the Hollywood types that have touted this coffee. Shameful!
Hisses to the rich people of China, whose latest fad is to own the pelts of dead zoo animals. It’s prompting some zoos to kill their animals and sell them to a taxidermist because of the high price they’re going for.
Hisses to the Botswana Wildlife Management Association, who is protesting the Botswana government’s decision to ban hunting as of January of next year. Hunters will no longer be allowed to kill large game such as elephants, lions, and zebras. Hunting brings in approximately $40 million dollars annually. Not surprisingly, while the government cites declining numbers of each species as reasons ban hunting, the BWMA claims numbers are increasing. I think you need to count the animals instead of the dollars in your wallet, BWMA.
Oh Dog! I am mad too, Hissy! I think we need June Buggie to give us some good news now to help us feel better.
Purrs to the New Zealand appeals court that refused to overturn the conviction of breeders and Kennel Club judges David and Daryl Balfour. They were convicted of animal cruelty in 2011 when authorities found 87 dogs and 161 cats in horrific conditions. Half of the animals found were in such bad shape they had to be euthanized. The couple were ordered to pay fines of $12,500 each, disqualified from owning or caring for animals for 20 years and ordered to pay $27,818 in court costs. The appeals court did decide the couple did not have to pay the court costs.
Let’s hope the British Columbia courts do the same for Kayla Bourque. She was convicted last year of torturing and killing animals. She has appealed the part of her sentence that bans her from owning animals for life.
Purrs to the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife of South Africa, for taking the bold step of being the first agency to inject toxic poisons in the horns of rhinos. The poison will not harm the rhinos, but, should they be killed for their horn, the users of said horn will become ill. South Africa embarked on this course of action after other measures to prevent poaching have been unsuccessful. So far this year, over 600 rhinos have been killed in South Africa alone for no other reason than to remove the horn to sell to greedy, thoughtless humans.
Purrs to Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee, who recently ruled that the “Ikea Monkey,” who escaped from Yasmin Nakhuda’s car at an Ikea store, was a wild animal and would not be returned to Ms. Nakhuda. Nakhuda, who referred to herself as the monkey’s “mom,” had dressed the animal in human clothing, but the monkey bit people and had to be kept on a harness to keep from escaping. The monkey is now at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, where he is receiving veterinary care and is learning to interact with other primates.
Purrs to the unknown individual(s) who freed 20 bulls from where they were being held in Tordesillas in northern Spain. The bulls were to be used as a part of the Toro de la Vega festival. During the festival, townspeople hunt down a bull and kill it with spears. The brutal activity, which has been carried on since medieval times, has been widely condemned by animal welfare activists.
YAY! That makes me feel much better! For all the misery in the world, there ARE those out there that are working to make things better for us animals.
Do YOU have any hisses or purrs to add this week?