And we’re back with another edition of Hisses and Purrs. Each week Hissy Fit Jones and June Buggie give you a round-up of the good, and not-so-good, news about the plight of animals around the world.
Why do we do this? Because you need to know what’s REALLY going on out there, and not just what is being shared on Facebook.
Hissy? Are you ready to get some blood boiling?
Hisses to the state of Texas for allowing black rhino horns to be legally sold in the state. Last week Michael Slattery, alleged to have ties to organized crime, pled guilty to smuggling rhino horns across state lines. In 2010, Slattery flew from London to buy a black rhino horn at an auction in Austin. Texas is now a major player in the illegal trafficking of rhino horns, because while it is illegal to transport the horns across state lines, it’s easy to buy the horns at auction in Texas, transport to California or New York, then ship the horns to Asia where people pay big bucks for them.
Hisses to Italian Trade Union Feder Fauna, a union for people working commercially with animals such as breeders and farmers, for offering the ‘Hitler Prize’ to people who have, “suffered violence from animal rights activists.” The prize was meant to be a slap in the face to those who work for the welfare of animals. Not surprisingly, Jewish groups are outraged.
Hisses to local government officials in Beijing, China for setting 1000 kittens loose in a wooded area to fend for themselves. The cats had been rescued when animal welfare advocates and local police intercepted a truck carrying the cats to be slaughtered and sold in Guangzhou province. Advocates are trying to capture the cats and place them up for adoption.
Hisses to GE Free New Zealand for demanding that genetically modified soybeans first be tested on animals before being allowed into the country. In May, Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye approved the import of herbicide-resistant soy for consumption, but not for cultivation or production. Look, I don’t like GMOs either, but to call for them to be tested on animals is just wrong.
Oh Dog! Hissy, thanks for keeping us informed each week. Now June Buggie will share some of the good stuff going on around the world.
Purrs to China’s Food and Drug Administration, which recently announced that as of June, 2014, China will no longer require animal testing for domestically manufactured beauty products. Companies will not be allowed to cite safety data for raw ingredients. This means that companies like Mary Kay and Avon, who have manufacturing plants in China, can once again choose to not test their products on animals. I can’t wait to hear what they decide to do, because, to be honest, there are many humans missing their Avon and Mary Kay products.
Purrs to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Amendment Bill currently being considered, which would require institutions breeding animals for research purposes to report how many animals were bred but not used for testing. It was reported that in one year, one university alone euthanized 40,000 animals that were bred but not used. If passed, the law would also ban painful surgical procedures on animals. I pray this bill is passed into law.
Purrs to Animals Australia for continuing to stand up against the live export of animals to other countries for slaughter. Recently released video shot by one of their undercover operatives shows bulls being dragged and pushed off trucks and violently restrained and slaughtered on the island of Mauritius. The video was taken between October 14th and 16th. Hopefully their actions will eventually defeat the powerful animal agriculture lobby and live export will be a thing of the past.
And Purrs to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who this Thursday will destroy 6 tons of ivory that has been seized from smugglers and criminals over the past 25 years. The action is to send a message of zero-tolerance to elephant poachers.
Thanks June Buggie. Another great job, you guys.
Today we offer our deepest condolences to the family of Renee Radziwon-Chapman, head keeper at Wildcat Haven Sanctuary in Sherwood, Oregon. Radziwon-Chapman died Saturday after she was attacked by one of the big cats kept at the sanctuary. While an investigation continues, it appears that Radziwon-Chapman did not follow protocol and was attempting to lockout a cat alone, against sanctuary procedures.
We also offer our condolences to the family of Sandy Lertzman, founder of the Animal Rights Foundation, who committed suicide in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Lertzman was found dead on November 4th in a running car in her garage along with 31 small rescue dogs, who also died. A suicide note was found, but the contents of that note have not been released to the public.