Your weekly compendium of global animal-related news.
- We’ll start with some retroactive props to the Obama administration for negotiating an ivory ban with China in October. It’s a Big Biden Deal for the elephants.
Also some good news from Betty’s own state of Florida, where the senate approved a “Hot Car” bill shielding Good Samaritans who break a car window to save a person or animal in distress from legal repercussions. Gov. Scott is expected to sign, so I guess that will lift him one rung in hell.
- Umami! Target now offering its own brand of plant-based proteins in Korean BBQ, teriyaki, smoky chipotle, and mushroom miso flavors.
- Too bad we need them, but glad they’re here: pet food pantries growing nationally.
- Young gorillas collaborate to dismantle poachers’ traps. “This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that,” says researcher.
- Wendy’s testing vegan burger in Columbus, OH, Columbia, SC, and Salt Lake City, UT. (This one’s a big deal for me personally, as I love Wendy’s but haven’t eaten there in more than a decade.)
- Thanks an ocelot! Peru sentences its first wildlife trafficker. (And check out the picture of that cutie.)
- Great work activists! South Korea banning dolphin imports from the notorious Taiji Hunt.
- From the “the biggest dopes are always social-conservative dopes” department: “Russian prosecutors have begun considering whether media coverage of the unexpected friendship between a male tiger and goat at a safari park in the country’s far east counts as gay propaganda.” Also: the goat’s fans have “begun a campaign to elect him to parliament, arguing that he would be braver and more honest than current MPs.”
- Paging Hagrid! “Though it does not breathe fire, the olm has several attributes fitting a creature of mythology. It can live as long as a hundred years and survive without food for 10. It is blind, but hunts using its incredible sense of hearing and smell, and it can detect electric and magnetic fields.” They also mate every six years and 15th century Slovenians actually thought they were baby dragons.
Thoughts on any of the above, Juicers? Any other fauna-related news to report?
Also, do we agree or disagree with the director of a human food pantry who says that the pet pantries are a misuse of resources that should be given to under-resourced human food pantries?
Also: blind cave-dwellers who mate once every six years: [insert GOP joke here]