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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
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.
* One stormy afternoon at Taiwan's Houtong Cat Village