Welcome to another edition of Hisses and Purrs, where each week we run down the good, and the not-so-good, news in the animal welfare arena. Give us 3 minutes, and we’ll catch you up on the plight of animals around the world.
As always, first up is Hissy Fit Jones, and boy, does he have some potent hisses to dole out THIS week!
Hisses to the US Department of Agriculture, who, we have learned, has been responsible for killing over 3 million animals in the US each year, most of which were deemed “nuisance.” The Wildlife Services Program uses traps, poison, and snipers to kill the animals, on the taxpayer’s dime. There is some speculation that the animals are killed to appease farmers, and not because the animals are truly creating a nuisance.
Hisses to the state of Kentucky, for once again being deemed the worst state in the US for the protection of animals by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. This is the 7th year in a row Kentucky has earned this badge of shame, so I guess it’s pretty clear they don’t care.
Hisses to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, who has, in the past 3 years, killed 28,000 animals at its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in Wiltshire. The animals, including pigs, monkeys, and guinea pigs, were used to experiment using bombs, poisons, and biological agents. Also, at least 3 dogs were experimented on. It was learned that some of these experiments were paid for by the US government.
Oh Dog! Hissy, I think I wanna pee on the entire state of Kentucky! I better let June Buggie take over and give us some good news!
Purrs to Domino’s Pizza for their new vegan pizza. Sadly, it’s only available at restaurants in Israel. Oh well, maybe some day it’ll be available here in the US.
Purrs to the Israeli Knesset for passing a law that gives enforcement powers to animal inspectors. The inspectors will now be able to enter facilities to inspect without having previous suspicions. Hooray!
Purrs to Arizona, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s most improved state this year. Cited by ALDF was the “Cost of Care Provision” Law, which allows judges to force those convicted of animal cruelty to pay for the care and treatment of their victims.
Purrs to the people of France for refusing to buy foie gras. A recent poll conducted for animal rights group L214 found that one in three French people say they do not consume foie gras for ethical reasons. Foie gras is made from the fatty liver of ducks and geese, and the birds are forced fed, using tubes that are run down their throats.
Whoa! I am duly impressed! Thanks Buggie!
OK, friends. Last chance this year. Any hisses or purrs you want to dole out?