Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Catblogging


The cougar (Puma concolor) is a mammal of the Felidae family. It is also called panther, mountain lion, or puma. This animal can be found in North, Central, and South America. Cougars prefer mountain areas. They have agile and muscular bodies. Their color may vary from yellowish to brownish. An adult male cougar weighs between 140 and 200 lbs. Females are smaller. The cougar is the second largest cat in the Americas, after the jaguar.

Big Cat Rescue helps saved big cats.

You came for the cats, but stay for the Horses:

A large, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has introduced legislation to stop the export of American horses for butchering in Canada and Mexico, as well as to codify a de facto ban on the slaughter of American horses here in the United States for sale to countries in Europe and Asia.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) introduced the bill known as the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, and its passage is a top priority for The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare and equine rescue organizations, veterinarians and horse industry groups. This bill is similar to legislation passed by the House Judiciary Committee last September.

“Every day that passes means that there will be more torment and more suffering for America’s horses,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “The horse is an American icon, and it is a betrayal of our responsibility to these animals to treat them like cheap commodities and send them across our borders for slaughter. We ask leaders in Congress for an up or down vote and passage of this critical legislation.”

State legislatures have acted to stop horse slaughter, shuttering the last remaining foreign-owned horse slaughter plants in the U.S. in 2007, and federal courts have upheld those state laws. But Congress has failed to act to stop the export of live horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, which is still occurring. More than 86,000 horses were sent across U.S. borders to slaughter in Canada or Mexico in 2008, surpassing the number of exports in 2007.

The slaughter of horses has been conducted through stratagems designed to avoid public scrutiny. It is past time to stop this butchery.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're here in the northern DE/south-east PA area. Maybe they've always been here, and were,'t completely eradicated. My friend Wendy told me that there was a tombstone in a small cemetery off Stricklersville-Lewisville Road which used to have a cougar's head carved on it, 'till somneone broke it off. I have 2 friends who've seen one, nd a cougar used to learve footpritns in the snow around my partner's house. No regular coyote signtings, although I saw one outside of Walpole, MA. Big sucker, too.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

We have the coyotes, but I have yet to see a cougar in the wild. I would love to, but from behind a window.

1:19 AM  

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