Time for another edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week you give us 3 minutes, and we give you the latest news impacting animals around the world.
As always, first up is Hissy Fit Jones, and trust me when I say that his anger is not an act!
Hisses to the American Humane Association. Yes, you read that right. According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, the AHA has been covering up instances of animal cruelty in Hollywood in order to give movies the “no animals were harmed” seal of approval. It seems that their reps have been on site when animals were harmed or killed, and they decided to use carefully worded statements to gloss it over. So instead of advocating for animals, I guess they are advocating for Hollywood. I am devastated, and have rescinded my membership in the Betty White Fan Club.
Hisses to the owner of an “exotic” food stop in Paris, who, when raided this week, was found to be in possession of more than 200 pounds of bush meat, including gazelles, bats, caterpillars and porcupines. The animal carcasses were imported into France without having met the country’s strict hygiene standards. Supposedly, the bush meat was bound for a Chinese restaurant.
And hisses to the Georgia Regents University’s College of Dental Medicine, for practicing their trade on dogs. An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the US found the school uses dogs to remove teeth and replace them with implants. The school then euthanizes the dogs and takes bone samples. School officials claim the work is necessary to ensure safe dental procedures for humans. So for all of you humans out there who gloat about your perfect teeth, thank the dogs that suffered and died to teach your dentist how to give you that smile.
Oh Hissy! I am appalled! And I am NOT going anywhere near Georgia! OK June Buggie, come cheer us up!
Purrs to China for banning wild animals from the dinner table at official dinners. This means no shark fins and bird nests will be served at any state functions. That is a huge deal in the fight to convince some Asian people to give up the luxury of shark fin soup.
Purrs to the Nonhuman Rights Project, a non-profit animal rights group, for filing in New York State Court for Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp, to be declared, “a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned.” Tommy, owned by Patrick and Diane Lavery, is currently incarcerated in a small cement cell in a trailer park in Gloversville, New York.
Purrs to police in Clinton, South Carolina, for nabbing the shoplifter of the local Dollar General store. The culprit? Cato the husky. Video surveillance in the store caught Cato sneaking in using the automatic doors, grabbing treats or food, and taking them behind the store to bury. After a short stint in the local shelter, he was released to human caregiver Holly Darden.
And purrs to the end of the badger cull in Gloucestershire in the UK. The cull was ended early because they were unable to kill enough badgers. Of course, farmers, at least those who dare to talk, blame the protesters. So here’s extra special purrs to those protesters who are working to ensure the badger cull is a one time event that history describes as an embarrassing mistake.
Thanks June Buggie!
Do YOU have any Hisses or Purrs to share with us this week?