Hisses and Purrs!

Time for this week’s edition of Hisses and Purrs, starring none other than Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie! Let’s get started with you Hissy. Who has got you riled up this time?

For shame! For shame!
For shame! For shame!

Hisses to the owner of a leopard who either escaped or was set free in the area around Charlestown, Indiana. Area residents had complained of something attacking small animals. A local man killed the animal to protect his girlfriend’s cats. It was originally believed the leopard, which is not native to North America, had escaped from Wildlife in Need, a non-profit wildlife rehab and release center near Charlestown, but owner Tim Stark denies the leopard was one of theirs.

Hisses to The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) who threatened to stop supplying Coles Supermarkets of Australia. The NFF was upset that Coles was working with Animals Australia to promote Animals Australia’s Make it Possible campaign, which urges consumers to buy cage-free eggs, free range chicken and stall-free pork.

Hisses to Iceland for going ahead with the fin whale hunt. The first whale was killed last week. And hisses to Japan for buying the whale meat. If there was no demand, no one would bother to hunt these animals. We must work harder to convince the Japanese that they are doing great harm by consuming whale meat and by feeding it to their pets.


Whoa! Even I wanna hiss now, and I’m a dog! OK June Buggie, time to show us that not all is bad in the world of animal welfare.

Good job. Have a cookie.
Good job. Have a cookie.

Purrs to the government of The Philippines, who last week destroyed 5 tons of elephant tusks that had been confiscated since 2009. Officials crushed and burned the ivory to send a message to both the smugglers as well as potential buyers. And their actions prevented corrupt officials from reselling the ivory, as happened in 2006.

Purrs to Morris the cat, mayoral candidate for the Mexican city of Xalapa. Morris’ candidacy started as a joke, but has caught on as more people who are fed up with government corruption throw their support behind him. His campaign slogan? “Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat.”

mayoral candidate Morris the cat (Reuters photograph)
mayoral candidate Morris the cat (Reuters photograph)

Purrs to Walle, winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Walle is a mix of basset, beagle, and boxer, and he waddles when he walks. He lives with human Tammie Barbee and is well loved.

The World's Ugliest Dog, AP photo
The World’s Ugliest Dog (AP photo)

And we’d like to send healing purrs for Marissa Dub, who last week was attacked by a tiger at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana. Dub was cleaning the cage and reportedly left a gate open when an 18-year-old tiger named Raja came into the area, knocked Dub to the ground and latched onto her neck. Dub is reportedly in fair condition.


Your turn. What hisses or purrs would you like to add this week?


22 thoughts on “Hisses and Purrs!

      1. I commented on a previous post asking if you were thinking of a hisses & purrs blog hop on Tuesdays. So people can share local articles deserving of hisses & purrs. I would love to participate.

  1. I’m hissing at the state of Pennsylvania and everyone who supports canned pigeon shoots! They are banned as cruel in nearly every other state but we just can’t seem to pass a law to ban them, mostly because of gun lobbyists who pressure legislators and oppose the legislation.

    1. Well, no matter how you slice it, guns are for killing, and many gun owners like to kill things. I know that stance isn’t popular either.

  2. I do not see the ugly in the dog!! He is absolutely adorable!

    I also hope Morris wins!! Maybe that’s what we need in the US!! Rumpy run for Mayor!!

  3. Another great list. I was so sad to see all the elephant tusks at all. I support the message the Philippine gov’t sent, just dad it had to even do it at all. And boos on the whale
    Hunt. Ugh!

  4. The story about the lady who was mauled by the tiger is PROOF that wild animals belong in the wild… even in a RESCUE facility with all they know and do to care for the animals… they are indeed dealing with WILD animals who Will do what WILD ANIMALS are SUPPOSED to do. It is a shame that peeps can not learn this simple lesson.

  5. We need to discontinue all the contests for Ugliest anything! Every animal is beautiful in someone’s eyes! Likewise the Most Beautiful whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so to each his own. (sorry about the cliches, but they’re true)

  6. Purrs to House of Reps – they rejected the King Amendment! (just received an email from HSUS)

    I look forward to this posting each week. I’m always hearing the negative and it is refreshing (and sanity saving) to read your purr highlights. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  7. I love your Hisses and Purrs blogs.
    Morris is right, let’s the get rats out of government and the more gentle and probably smarter cast. At least gentler than Hissy Fit Jones.

    June Buggie you add balance to Hissy Fit so we end on a happy note.

    The two you look so much alike.

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