Welcome too this week’s edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie run down the good, and the not-so-good, news about the plight of animals around the world.
This week Hissy Fit Jones is furious! Read why!
Hisses to KuKu Farms and Creekside Grove Farms of Alberta, Canada. Last week Mercy for Animals released undercover video of the conditions animals are kept in. Included on the video were dead chickens rotting in the cages and chicks smashed against hard surfaces and then thrown in trash bags. McDonald’s was called out for doing business with the two farms, which it denies, but does admit to doing business with Burnbrae Farms, which buys eggs from Kuku farms. Burnbrae denies any eggs bought from Kuku Farms was sold to McDonald’s. Sounds like a minor technicality to me.
Hisses to the FDA, who announced a proposed strict new safety rules regulating the manufacture of pet food. Why the hisses? Because this came only after the latest pet food scare. Since 2007 at least 600 animals have died and many more became ill after eating pet treats made in China. Only recently have companies that sold the treats (Milo’s, Waggin Train, and Canyon Creek Ranch) issued recalls. Really? It took ya 6 years to do it?
And hisses upon hisses to the Dallas Safari Club, who is auctioning off a permit to kill a black rhino in Namibia, thanks to a permit issued by the Namibian government. The hunting club claims all money raised in the auction will go to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino. Sadly, many who care about animals have wrongly accused the Trust of being involved in the auction, which is far from the case. So it looks like the Dallas Safari Club is also pitting animal lovers against animal conservationists. Divide and conquer…. works every time.
Oh Hissy! I’m right there with ya kitty! I lift my leg and pee on the shoes of every member of that club!
Please, June Buggie! We need some good news!
Purrs to the Kenyan Wildlife Service, who is placing microchips in the horn of every rhino in the country in an attempt to curb poaching. World Wildlife Fund is financially supporting the effort in a bid to save the rhinos and gather evidence to prosecute poachers.
Purrs to the Canadian province of Ontario, who last Friday announced animal welfare reforms, including more power and money for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, twice-a-year inspections of zoos and aquariums, and specific standards of care for the well-being of marine mammals. Not all in the province are happy, though. MPP Cheri DiNovo said the reforms does not go far enough, calling Ontario, “… one of the worst jurisdictions I can think of to be an animal in.”
Purrs to Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta, Indonesia, who has banned macaques from being used in masked performances, called “topeng monyet,” on the city’s streets. The governor has ordered security forces to rescue the macaques and get them off the streets to stop animal abuse and prevent the spread of diseases carried by the animals.
*whew* That’s better! Thanks, Buggie!
Your turn. What hisses or purrs would YOU dole out this week?