Welcome to another edition of Hisses and Purrs, where we run down the good, and not-so-good, news about the state of animal welfare around the world.
As always, Hissy Fit Jones starts us off with some news that makes even me hiss!
Hisses to the as-yet unknown individuals responsible for the death of over 400 amphibians and reptiles, many of which were endangered species. The dead were discovered among living animals in a crate at Tambo International Airport in South Africa. The crate originated from Madagascar and was headed to the US, where the animals were to be sold as exotic pets.
Hisses to government officials of Sochi for authorizing the killing of stray dogs and cats in the city ahead of the Olympics. Seems Sochi has ignored its stray problem before now, but has offered money for the killing of up to 2000 strays. One man who claimed to be the owner of an exterminating company described the stray dogs as biological trash.
Hisses to The Surabaya Zoo, the largest in Indonesia, for having yet another animal die in its care. This time it was a 3-year-old Komodo Dragon. Over 100 animals have died at the zoo since July, 2013. Animal welfare advocates are calling for the zoo to be closed, but so far, nothing has been done.
Oh Dog! I am so upset! June Buggie, I need some of your purrs to calm me back down!
Purrs to those who have donated to the reward fund to find and prosecute the person or persons responsible for the deaths of a husky and cat in Calgary. Both animals were found with their muzzles taped shut. The cat also had a broken leg and tail. Authorities say a terrier was also seen with its muzzle taped shut, but so far they have been unable to trap the animal. I hope that when this person is found, they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Purrs to the Danish supermarket chain Superbest for deciding to no longer sell foie gras. They were the last chain to carry the product. Though legally sold there, animal welfare advocates have fought to change public opinion about the product, made from the fatty liver of geese. Foie gras is now only sold by a few independent retailers in the country.
Purrs to Microsoft for partnering with Animals Asia to help put an end to the cruel practice of bear bile farming. Microsoft has developed an interactive website to educate China’s children about the plight of moon bears. Because bear bile is used in traditional Chinese medicine, the best way to end the practice is to educate the children of today, so they don’t become the consumers of tomorrow. Over 10,000 bears are kept on bear bile farms in China, and over 2000 are kept on farms in Vietnam.
Thanks Buggie! I feel better already!
Do YOU have any hisses or purrs to share with us this week?
A reminder that if you’ve not listened to the podcast of Jen’s interview with Paws to Talk’s Margot Ahlquist, you just GOTTA listen! Check it out at Paws to Talk!