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ANOTHER cat cafe will open in Quezon City. The Cat House targets to open by mid-August in Katipunan Ave., in a building just across the Ateneo de Manila University. The Cat House will serve not just coffee and cat-themed pastries but also cat-inspired bento box meals for P290, inclusive of two-hour stay with their cats.
In an interview with MetroPets, Lacsamana said they hope to open on the 8th or 15th of August. The Cat House will be anime-inspired and will also feature a cat hotel.
To give customers an idea of what they will be offering, The Cat House's team put up a pop-up cat cafe for the one-day Kawaii Cats cosplay at SM North EDSA last July 25. (see related story)
Their cats will range from rescued Puspins and purebreds. Lacsamana volunteers with the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART) which has a four hectare NO KILL sanctuary for homeless animals in San Jose, Bulacan. She said they will also put up cats for adoption.
THIS has been a colorful week for pets around the world. The news are generally positive, except for the news Down Under that threatens cats in a massive way.
Here are this week's top news on pets from around the globe:
SPANISH TOWN GIVES PETS EQUAL RIGHTS AS CITIZENS
The perros (dogs) and gatos (cats) in the small town of Trigueros del Valle now enjoy the same rights like humans after the mayor recognized them as citizens that have been co-existing with them for over a thousand years. The new town council approved an animal bill of rights that states that even non-human resident is entitled to respect and should not be exploited or abandoned
NEW YORK TO BUILD ANIMAL AIRPORT TERMINAL
The John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is set to build a $48 million first-of-its-kind luxury animal terminal that hopefully will open next year. It will be a 178,000-square-foot facility aptly called The ARK which will shelter and quarantine every animal that goes through the busy airport. It will feature a dog hotel with a bone-shaped pool, trees for cats to climb in, and climate-controlled stalls with showers for farm animals, among others.
An estimated 70,000 traveling animals go through the JFK airport every year that it made sense for it to turn its unused cargo terminal into the world's first airport terminal for animals. The ARK will allow for planes to taxi animals straight to the building.
NEW YORK MUSEUM STAGES INTERNET CAT EXHIBIT
From August 7 to January 31, The Museum of the Moving Image in New York will host an exhibition dedicated to all things cat, called How Cats Took Over The Internet. The exhibit promises to take a deeper look at why cats have become an Internet phenomenon if not a cult. Expect to see images and videos of the most popular cats the Internet has given birth to as well as discussions on the cat phenomenon that has transfixed a generation of web users. There's serious business behind all these, too, and the museum exhibit would be a great way to, well, skin the cat?
DISNEYLAND LOVES ITS FERAL CATS
The cats are out of the bag and they are in California's Disneyland! A park visitor posted this week about finding feral cats around the theme park and discovering even a website for them. As it turns out, Disneyland is quietly taking care a community of feral cats by feeding them and making sure they are spayed or neutered. The only big question is: How does Micky Mouse feel about this?
AUSTRALIA EYES KILLING 2 MILLION CATS BY 2020
Australian authorities are planning to kill as many as two million cats over the next five years apparently for causing the extinction of many species and therefore have become “pests”. Australia’s environment department says that feral cats have been identified as a threat to 35 species of birds, 36 mammals, 7 reptiles and 3 amphibians. Australian authorities said the feral cats will be put down as humanely as possibly, which coud involve baiting, shooting and poisoning. Public reaction against the plan, however, has been snowballing and has prompted iconic French actress and animal rights champion Brigitte Bardot to write Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt an angry letter in defense of the cats.
"This animal genocide is inhumane and ridiculous. In addition to being cruel, killing these cats is absolutely useless since the rest of them will keep breeding,” Bardot wrote.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
ROYAL CANIN has recently launched a new breeders club open to all professional cat and dog breeders in the Philippines.
The Royal Canin Prestige is a follow-up to a similar breeders club launched in 2011 which ended only last March. The new program promises better benefits and privileges designed to assist breeders in all aspects of their work.
To be part of this exclusive club, breeders must submit to Royal Canin their application form with an attached official receipt for any Royal Canin products worth at least P500. They should also submit a photocopy of their pedigree (official papers or veterinary vaccination cards) to prove they have adult dogs or cats.
Dr. Bien Pantoja, channels specialist at Royal Canin Philippines, told MetroPets that members of the new Royal Canin Prestige will enjoy as much as 20 percent discount in coupon form applicable on all their range of veterinary products.
“I will send 20 pieces of P200-coupon to members. They can use one coupon for every P1,000 purchase of Royal Canin products,” he said.
The pet food manufacturer is also giving away a free Welcome Pack Kit to new pet owners who buy from Prestige members. The kit contains a sample kilo of pet food, a P300 Royal Canin coupon and a Puppy or Kitten Guide book.
“After a new pet owner has redeemed the Welcome Pack Kit from us, Royal Canin will give the
Prestige member breeder a 10-kilo sack of pet food for free for successfully selling their kittens or puppies,” added Pantoja.
Prestige members can also enjoy exclusive privileges from Royal Canin's partner retailers that may offer discounts for pet grooming services, veterinary consultations and pet boarding, among others. Royal Canin will give issue an ID to Prestige members which they can present when availing of discounts and redeeming coupons at participating pet establishments.
The one-year Royal Canin Prestige membership is renewable, but only if the breeder has successfully sold a litter within a year and was able to use 30 percent of the coupons.
Pantoja said they target to welcome about 100 breeders nationwide to the club. He said they want to have a manageable number for better monitoring. Other programs and activities to make Royal Canin Prestige more engaging are still on the planning stage.
For more information about Royal Canin Prestige, you may email Dr. Bien Pantoja at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +632 8179443.
HAVE you experienced buying an aquarium fish in a plastic bag only to find it dead within 48 hours or less? Chances are the plastic used to transport the fish is highly toxic.
Based on a study conducted by marine scientist Heather Hamlin from the University of Maine in the United States, some plastic bags leach nonylphenol (NP) in concentrations that are highly toxic to fish.
In a report by Phys.org, they indicated that some of the plastic bags tested by Hamlin and colleagues had FDA food-grade rating and are being used for human food and cleaning agents like detergents.
These plastic bags' level of toxicity to fish is enough to damage the DNA and alter the fertility in fish as NP binds to estrogen receptors.
In a video, Hamlin explained that they investigated two kinds of plastic bags that are labeled identically as FDA food-grade polyethylene. One proved to be highly toxic to fish and leached high amount of NP that killed 60 percent of the fish in the study after a 48-hour exposure.
The other FDA food-grade bag tested had high survival rate of 89 percent and fish that were kept in glass bowls soon after purchase survived the full 48 hours.
“We wanted to understand if NP can leach and become toxic to fish. We found that these bags are used beyond the ornamental fish trade but also for food packaging such as bread bags or other food packaging material so the problem with these toxic plastic bags extends to humans as well,” Hamlin said.
She urges the public to look for alternative to plastic bags in transporting ornamental fish from the store to aquariums. A glass container, she said, should contain the fish temporarily instead of plastic bags.
In the Philippines, it is very common for petshops to sell ornamental fish and place them inside plastic bags with just enough water and oxygen. Statistically, however, expert aquarists and animal experts say the mortality rate of wild-caught marine fish is so high that 98 of every 100 die within a year.
THE animal welfare group Save ALL (Animals of Love and Light) continues to find justice for a puppy that was filmed being dangled outside a moving vehicle somewhere in Cavity City last June 30.
Save ALL pursued the case after a certain Acemark O. Bernal posted last July 1 on the Facebook page of Beyond Dog Ownership (BDO) the video he took of a cream dog being put out repeatedly outside a moving owner-type jeep by someone in the passenger seat.
The hapless dog dangled, walked and ran to keep pace with the moving vehicle. The reporter, who noted that there were at least three people in the vehicle, claimed that the dog endured such abuse more than 10 times.
Save ALL in a petition it started over at Change.org called the attention of the Cavite City government, particularly Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes and asked for the identity of the offender whom they want to be charged of violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
Based on the vehicle's license plate, the offender was soon located in their house. She turned out to be a 12-year-old girl.
Accompanied by her family, the girl reportedly appeared before the barangay officials to apologize for what they did. The city veterinarian accepted the apology and decided to no longer pursue a case against them.
But the online public who saw the video was harder to appease and many left scathing remarks against the purported dog abuser.
An update from Save ALL said they were promised by the mayor's daughter that they will be given a copy of the barangay and veterinarian reports and will be updated of actions to be taken by the Office of the Mayor.
As for the offender being a minor, Save ALL maintains that there is a law punishing minors who break the law.
“We also noted that the driver could not have been a minor since under Philippine law, a person is issued a driver's license only when he/she has reached the age of maturity which is 18 years old. This person, considered an adult, could have stopped the alleged minor from putting the dog out the window while the vehicle was moving after the first time he/she did it. We also noted that there was another person in the vehicle beside the alleged minor,” Save ALL statement reads.
As of writing, the online petition has gathered 1,542 supporters out of the 2,500 it needs. -- MetroPets
POPE Francis' recent encyclical on the environment includes powerful points against animal cruelty that was picked up and championed by animal rights groups such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In his message, the beloved Pope said: “It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings."
“We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people … Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’,” said Pope Francis.
In his 184-page encyclical on the environment, PETA shares Pope Francis’ conviction that humans are not God and that we must abandon the dangerous and pervasive idea that being made in God’s image justifies using other creatures to satisfy our appetites and whims. “Everything is related,” and that means that the choices we make each day—whether to buy products tested on animals; use beans or beef, or soy milk or cow’s milk; whether to patronize places that hurt animals, like zoos; and whether or not to ignore a suffering stray animal on the street—affect not only our animal friends, but the entire community.
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