Welcome to another edition of Hisses and Purrs. In this segment, we run down the good, and the not-so-good, news of the plight of animals around the world. We’ve been off-track for a couple of weeks, but we’re back now.
Hisses to the mine in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Dartsedo (Kangding) county that was recently found to have dumped toxic water into the local river, killing fish and livestock and contaminating drinking water for humans. When the population complained, the Chinese government sent troops into the area to insure there were no formal protests by the people.
Hisses to the Zimbabwean government, who only last month stepped in to address the July poisoning and slaughter of over 300 elephants at the Hwange wildlife park. The latest figures show 325 elephants have died, as have lions, vultures, and hyenas. The illegal ivory business rakes in 10 billion dollars annually.
Hisses to the United States Department of Agriculture, who, we recently learned, is in the bird-killing business. If local governments want to be rid of Canada geese living in their parks or public places, they can call the USDA, who, for a fee, will gas the federally protected birds using carbon monoxide. Last year the USDA killed over 24,000 Canada Geese. I think that’s one program that should be permanently furloughed!
Oh My Dog! That makes me want to puke! Hissy, PLEASE tell us some good news!
Purrs to Canada’s medical schools, who have now completely ended the use of live animals in its’ trauma medical training courses. Students will now use computerized simulators, which are more like humans. Now to convince medical schools in the US to follow suit.
Purrs to street artist extraordinaire Banksy, who is visiting New York to put his artistic mark on the city. One such artistic endeavor? To put a face on the meat you buy. Here, watch it for yourself:
Purrs to Animals Asia and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, who forced closure of an “animal carnival” scheduled to be held in the city of Jinan starting September 19th. The animals would have been forced to perform up to 3 times per day. Among the show’s attractions were a goat on a tightrope with a monkey doing a handstand on its’ horns, and a tiger riding on the back of a horse.
That is MUCH better. Thanks, Buggie!
Your turn now. Do you have any hisses or purrs to share with the rest of us?