2010: the Year of the Tiger—and all cats.  »


(Image Courtesy of Daily Kitten)

This post goes out to our feline friends—the ones that jump on our laps, sleep on our faces and inspire hilarious websites. As we say farewell to 2009, we also hope to say farewell to the bastards who have taken advantage of kitties and their kin.

Last week, the Daily Mail reported that the last known wild tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who was then sentenced to 12 years in jail for the crime. This week, National Geographic posted pictures of the illegal trade of tiger parts in Asia.

From National Geographic:

On the eve of 2010—the Year of the Tiger in Chinese astrology—the big cats remain highly coveted. A dead adult male can sell for U.S. $10,000 or more on the black market. Tiger bones and penises are often used in traditional medicines, and some restaurants serve tiger meat, including, a recent DNA test suggests, the restaurant at Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Park, according to the National Geographic magazine article.

The National Geographic article referenced is a 15-page spread detailing the hunt and capture of the most notorious figure in the illegal exotic animal trade. Shit is real. The dude is such a scumbag!

As upsetting as the story is, we’re glad that an animal rights issue gets attention from a big mainstream magazine like National Geographic. If it’s in National Geographic, people will take it seriously (at least we hope they will!). And with that, we would like to leave you with the inspiring video of Christian the Lion. Christian was originally purchased by Australians John Rendall and Anthony Bourke from Harrods department store of London in 1969 (wow, Harrods really does have everything!) and reintroduced to the wild. One year after being released, his former owners decided to go looking for him to see whether Christian would remember them. He did, and with him were two lioness girlfriends who greeted the men as well. The video shows the truly remarkable bond between humans and animals. Seriously, get your tissues out, maybe call your mom and definitely hug your cat.

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