It’s time for another visit with June Buggie and Hissy Fit Jones to run down the good, and not-so-good, news in the animal welfare arena.
Are you ready Lil’ Hiss?
Hisses to the UK’s House of Commons for voting down a motion calling for the badger cull to be abandoned. The motion was narrowly defeated by 49 votes. If you live in the UK, please sign Brian May’s e-petition to stop the badger cull.
Hisses to Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Iceland’s only fin whaling company, for planning to hunt fin whales in the area where whale watchers go to commune with the sleek creatures. Fin whales, the second largest whales, are endangered, yet will be hunted to satisfy the Japanese market. One bit of good news though: Yesterday the Dutch State Secretary announced she will act to stop the whale meat transfer through European ports.
Hisses to Charles Kokesh of Pensacola Florida, for illegally trading the ivory tusks from a legally imported African elephant trophy mount from Namibia. A grand jury indicted him for violating the Endangered Species Act and making false statements. Really? You can import an elephant trophy, then trust the buyer to not sell the ivory afterward? What a stupid law!
Alrighty then! How about some good news! Ready June Buggie?
Purrs to the Oregon Legislature for passing H.B. 2783B, which restricts the chaining and tethering of dogs. We hope Gov. Kitzhaber signs the bill into law.
Purrs to China! Chinese customs officials intercepted a massive amount of ivory smuggled from Africa. Three men involved in the smuggling ring were convicted and received jail sentences of between 7 and 15 years.
Special purrs for New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who recently passed away. Senator Lautenberg worked for the welfare of animals. He will be missed here, but I’ll bet there were many at the Rainbow Bridge who were happy to see him.
Do YOU have any hisses or purrs for this week?