Time for another edition of Hisses and Purrs, where we run down the good, and the not-so-good, news about the plight of animals around the world. First up, as always, is Hissy Fit Jones. What do you have to tell us this week Hissy?
Hisses to the police officers of Ponda, India, who are not taking action against poachers. The poachers are now using bombs and snares to capture animals at the edge of wildlife refuges. Because the bombs are crudely made, they don’t always kill the animal, so it lies in agony until it meets its untimely death at the hands of the poachers.
Hisses to Japan’s hunters of sea creatures, such as smaller whales, porpoises, and dolphins, because their actions are leading those sea creatures to the verge of extinction. Catch limits are based on statistics from 20 years now, but the capture will not likely end soon, when the sale of live creatures to aquariums can earn them up to $98,000. So I guess it’s not just the dolphin killers we have to worry about.
Hisses to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo for providing encounters with tiger cubs this fall. For a small fee, people could hold bengal tiger cubs to pet. Zoo director Patti Hall and head keeper Cyndi Johnson deny anything is wrong with what they’re doing, and that the cubs will all be cared for. In fact, the two cubs on display now will be returned to the Marcan Tiger Preserve in the Florida Panhandle and will be used to breed still more tigers. Oh, how responsible (note sarcasm)!!!
And this one, I don’t know WHO to hiss at. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided the home of 81-year-old Marjorie Bamont, and took possession of the woman’s 14 cats and 1 dog. Ms. Bamont, who lives in the home where actress Grace Kelly grew up, was once an animal rescuer who got over her head. The home was found to be infested with fleas, and animal feces was found everywhere. Ms. Bamont was obviously not providing for those animals, and she has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation. So I guess we must next ask why it took so long for someone to do something about this?
Oh my DOG! Another week of blood-boiling news reports, Hissy! June Buggie, we need your help! Can you give us some GOOD news?
Purrs to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for testing a motion detector system that will warn motorists when deer or moose are near highways. The system, if it works, will be a win-win for both motorists and the large animals. In 2010, there were over 13,000 collisions involving a moving vehicle and a large animal. Here’s hoping that number can decrease to zero.
Purrs to The conservation of Asiatic cheetah project (CACP), a joint initiative between the Department of Environment of Iran and the UN Development Program. After ten years of efforts to save the Asiatic Cheetah (gone from the planet except for in Iran) from extinction and to raise awareness among rural people, it looks like the cheetahs are thriving. Recently a mother and he 5 cubs were photographed in the Turan National Park.
And purrs to the US Federal and State governments, who together spent over $1.7 billion to conserve endangered and threatened species last year. that includes $307 million to purchase land containing habitats critical for conservation, as well as research, law enforcement, census-taking, and transplanting animals. Note that only $83 million came from states; the rest was paid for by those paying taxes to the US government. See, your tax dollars DO go for worthy projects!
Oh Dog! That’s MUCH better!
OK, it’s your turn! What hisses or purrs do YOU have to share this week!