Time for this week’s edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week we run down the good, and the not-so-good, news in the world of animal welfare.
First up, as always, is our own Hissy Fit Jones, and Dog! does he have some powerful hisses to dole out this week!
Hisses to the Copenhagen Zoo for killing a “surplus” male giraffe named Marius. Marius was killed with a bolt gun so as to not contaminate the meat, which was to be fed to carnivores after the publicly viewed autopsy. Other zoos and sanctuaries offered to take the giraffe in, but Copenhagen Zoo seemed intent on killing Marius.
Hisses to the Longleat Safari Park in the UK for killing an adult male lion, a lioness, and 4 cubs last month because of “health risks.” Authorities at the park claim they killed the lions because the birth of the cubs has led to violent behavior among the lions.
Hisses to Biodia, a monkey farm on Mauritius that breeds animals for use in U.S. laboratories. Investigators uncovered horrific treatment of the animals there, including workers swinging monkeys by their tails, tattooing upset infants without anesthetic, and slamming monkeys on the ground. Approximately 20,000 monkeys are imported each year for use in laboratory experiments, and approximately 300 of those come from the Biodia monkey farm.
ACK! What is it with these crazy people? June Buggie! HELP!
Purrs to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Organized Crime Task Force for busting up a huge cockfighting ring in New York. The investigation, called “Operation Angry Birds,” resulted in the arrest of 7 people involved in the well-organized ring, as well as 70 spectators. Rescued were 3000 birds.
Purrs to the Marseille court that convicted 24-year-old Farid Ghilas of animal cruelty. Ghilas uploaded to Facebook a video of him throwing a 5 month old kitten up against a wall. He has been sentenced to a year in prison and forbidden to own animals. The kitten suffered a broken foot and a stomach injury but is recovering.
Purrs to France for joining the list of countries who have destroyed stockpiles of confiscated ivory. France destroyed over 3 tons of elephant tusks and carved items at the base of the Eiffel Tower.
And Purrs to twin sisters Sydney and Alexandria Cohen of Davie, Florida, who were honored as Animal Kid Heroes for the work they do to help animals. The 10 year olds foster abandoned animals and raise money for rescue groups. You go, girls!
Awesome! Thanks June Buggie! That’s some great news this week!
And yet another hoarder pretending to be a sanctuary has been discovered, this time in Bradenton, Florida, which is near St. Petersburg. Over 300 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, geese, hogs and goats were rescued. Remains of 20 animals were found on site, and 12 animals found were in such bad shape they were euthanized. I DO hope you vet groups BEFORE you support them financially!