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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
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.
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.
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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