Oh Dog! We’re a couple of days late with Hisses and Purrs this week. Seems the holiday got us a bit off track. But fear not, for Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie are here now to keep you up to date on the latest animal welfare news around the world.
OK, Hissy, you’re on!
Hisses to the Denver Zoo for allowing visitors to pay to feed and pet a black rhino. A woman was sent to the hospital after the rhino, Mshindi, bit the woman’s finger. Some reports indicate a finger was bit off.
Hisses to Robert Losasso, 68, of Somers Point, N.J., who was recently arrested for shooting birds protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Losasso is accused of shooting red-tailed hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, red-shouldered hawks and Cooper’s hawks.
Hisses to New Zealand fashion designer Annah Stretton, who recently gave an interview to the Sunday Star Times in which she said she supports animal rights. Why the hisses? In the same article was published a photo of her with her two dogs on a bearskin rug. It seems Ms. Stretton, who loves taxidermy, does not see the death of the bear, killed in a culling of bears in a national park, as hypocritical. Perhaps she could learn a thing or two by following the badger cull in the UK.
And speaking of that badger cull, Hisses to the Sixty-three marksmen who were paid by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the UK to shoot and kill badgers in Somerset recently. They were paid £30 per badger killed and disposed of.
Whoa! Some wicked stuff there Hissy. Every one of those hisses was well-deserved!
OK, June Buggie, how about calming out our blood pressure with some sweet purrs?
Purrs to the New Zealand Labour Party for introducing an amendment to ban the testing of ‘legal high’ drugs on animals.
Purrs to the Montreal SPCA, Humane Society International/Canada, and the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec for rescuing over 100 dogs from abysmal conditions in a commercial breeding facility in the Montérégie region of Quebec. The dogs were kept in small wire cages with no socialization, exercise, or vet care.
Purrs to Brazilian veterinarian Veterinarian Daniela Cervaletti for using acupuncture to relieve the pain of an albino alligator who lives at the Sao Paulo Aquarium. Bino, who suffers from scoliosis, has shown some improvement since the procedure has been used with him. He is now able to swish his tail, where before he couldn’t.
Purrs to Chief of Staff Dr. Dana Zimmel and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, for refusing to provide veterinary care at a zoo whose level of animal care has “fallen below the level that is required for accreditation” by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and below the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Central Florida Zoo of Stanford disputes the claims, and believes the rift will be resolved and vet care will resume. Why does it matter? The agreement for vet care was a factor in obtaining and maintaining accreditation for the zoo.
Your turn now. What hisses or purrs do YOU have to share this week?
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