It’s another episode of Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 30 Second Animal Law video series. Today we find out whether it’s legal to keep a tiger in your backyard from a very nice lawyer who wears Paul Ryan’s eyebrows way better than than the human Poochie ever could.
It’s fall! Let’s all dig into some delicious gourds!
Is there anything cuter than a massive feline getting down with a pumpkin? Doubt it.
HuffPo, the great aggregator, reports on a report from the Telegraph on how the tiger got its stripes, and how the leopard got its spots. The answer is: magic! No, the answer is genetics. Morphogens! Alan Turing! Enigma Machine! These things are loosely connected, but it’s fun to smash them together and see what comes up. In this case: stripes and spots. Sorry you’re such a liar, Rudyard Kipling.
Top 10 links of the week!: A harlem shuffle through the dance floor of veganism! »
Scary rooster Puff has it in for kitty Blacko! This is kind of sad.
Grist’s Protein Angst series is still killing it! My new favorite: Never mind the meat—worry about eating enough plants. This is what I’m always thinking! Like, dude, I get enough protein, do you get enough veggies?! There is so much concern over our nutrients but I’d bet meat-mouths are not hitting all the nutritional points!
A whole town in India relocated to make room for tigers! That’s nice.
McDonald’s thinks trying their food is less risky than petting stray pitbulls. People are not pleased. But I’m glad our standards are now risky and less risky. Obviously they are implying you may get bit by a dog; generally I want my food to be on an entirely different scale than getting bit by a dog—not just less “risky.”
From Ecouterre, fur trapping season ends with record high of non-target animal deaths. That means exactly what you think it means.
Choosing Raw has another great post on PCRM and fat-shaming (though we discourage the use of “overweight” as it maintains there is a specific weight you should be). Gena stresses the need to focus on using “honest language, honest facts, and honest statistics.” Here here!
Australia is up in arms over recent footage documenting inhumane conditions in a Sydney slaughterhouse. You can see the video on the linked page. It’s pretty rugged. The one good thing though is it seems like Australia actually does stuff when footage like this surfaces. The slaughterhouse in question was immediately closed (I don’t know if it was permanently closed but still, swift action).
You know we’ve been discussion palm oil lately, well Grist is here to help you break free of the palm oil grasp!
From HuffPo, you may have already heard about this but if not: Westminster severed ties with Pedigree because they didn’t want to see images of puppies behind bars during commercial breaks. Stay classy, Westminster!
From Ecorazzi, Ian Somerhalder (see below) is getting an award from the Humane Society! I have an award for him too! IN MY PANTS. Sorry guys, I can’t help it, he’s the hotness times god damn.
Wild Animals Dead in Ohio; Cute Dolphin Photos to Ease Trauma »
You’ve probably heard all about the super-sad situation in Ohio this week, but in case not, grab a pint of Coconut Bliss for consolation (but not a spoon, because you’ll just want to poke your eyes out with it):
The worst wildlife preserve owner ever killed himself after letting 56 of his dangerous exotic pets out to roam the wild. Freakin’ lions, tigers, and leopards were all scared and miserable in Zanesville, Ohio, as were the residents of said hamlet.
Sheriff’s deputies figured the only way to solve the problem was to shoot the animals. The death toll as of 9:30 Thursday morning, according to the Washington Post, “includ[es] 18 rare Bengal tigers, 16 lions, six black bears, two grizzlies, three mountain lions and a baboon. Only six animals were captured alive.”
ARHRHGHH! This guy should not have been allowed to keep those poor animals in cages, but he didn’t have to ensure their slaughter to save them from circuses or shitty zoos.
Our hero Rachel Maddow had Jack Hanna on her show last night to discuss the tragedy.
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com]
“The Humane Society on Wednesday urged Ohio to immediately issue emergency restrictions on the sale and possession of dangerous wild animals,” reports USA Today.
Now, are some pictures of a nice person helping to save an orphan dolphin that might ease the utter desolation you now feel:
Awww. So I guess that’s good, at least. Go see more dolphin pics on Buzzfeed if you need a bigger dose.
[Thanks to Kristina Bjoran for alerting me to both stories.]
Free Tony the truck stop tiger! Poor Tony is stuck at a stupid truck stop in Grosse Tete, La. GROSSE TETE? More like GROSS TOWN NAME! Tony is probably going crazy—I know I would. I mean, I love a good Flying J but I wouldn’t want to live there.
Dick Van Dyke loves tigers! I love Dick Van Dyke! Mostly because he knows Mary Tyler Moore and she’s the most awesome ever (did you check out Broadway Barks?!).
The Dickster is now a tiger ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. Dude, did you know there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild? That’s like the size of a lame liberal arts college! That’s pathetic. 3,200. Holy cannoli. As you can see in the video above, Dick is promoting WWF’s text fundraiser:
By texting TIGERS to 20222, your $10 donation will help WWF save the tiger in its vast range – from India to China, to the Russian Far East. WWF will focus on anti-poaching efforts in critical tiger sites, building political will in tiger range countries, protecting and connecting tiger habitats on a massive scale, and clamping down on tiger trade.
I really love the this text-donation trend. It’s so easy! Which is perfect because I’m so lazy! And how super is that video? I love how the little boy starts going through puberty towards the end. Poor kid! It’s all downhill from here, buddy!
To refresh your memory, here’s the first episode of the Dike Van Dyke show:
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.