Monday, April 29, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News April 29, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have some fun stories to share but I’m afraid our top story is something quite disturbing. It is something that we all need to be aware of with the hope that we might make a difference. Let’s check in with Pierre for more information.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “We have a number of friends and readers in Australia who have made us aware of their federal government “war” on feral cats. Over the years, we have seen articles about the huge population of feral cats in the country being blamed for some small native animals being brought close to extinction. This is a cat’s survival instinct just like any other wild animal.

   The government’s plan is to kill 2 million feral cats by 2020. They will do this by baiting the cats with lethal sausages being dropped from airplanes into the areas with a high feral population. The poisoned sausages are intended to cause death within fifteen minutes after the cat eats it.   As if that wasn’t cruel enough, they are also offering rewards for slain cats of up to $10 AUS ($7 USD) per feral scalp. 
   Now, I am not saying the USA doesn’t have some laws that we don’t agree with concerning animals, but I can’t imagine any country implementing such a cruel plan to control the feral cat population. Why not try Trap N Release? There is surely a better way to handle this crisis. You can sign a petition on The Animal Rescue Site to let your voice be heard on this heartless plan to control the feral cat population.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dog anchors
Bentley: “That is such a sad situation and I hope that Australia can come up with another solution. It seems like such a loving country. 
   Speaking of loving, there is a new shelter in Independence, Missouri that is strictly for senior dogs that have not been adopted. Shep’s Place is open to older dogs with no place to call home. It’s a rest of life shelter although the dogs are available for adoption. It has only been opened for two weeks but we are hoping the Independence community rallies around to support this senior shelter.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre: “I’m sure you’ve heard of a stool pigeon before, but have you ever heard of a stool parrot? Narcotics officers in Brazil are saying a green and white parrot almost foiled their drug bust by alerting its owners. Squawking “Mama, POLICE!” in Portuguese, the bird tried in vain to save its owners from being arrested. Unfortunately to the bird, police confiscated crack and marijuana on the property. 
   Officials believe the parrot was trained to spot police vehicles and report the sighting to the owners. The bird hasn’t said a single word since being taken into custody. It is being kept at a zoo in Teresina.”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Bentley: “Those owners sound like a couple of birdbrains, am I right? 
   We are going to begin a new feature here on BFTB for our Blogville community. The very talented Ann from Zoolatry/Marg’s Animals makes fabulous badges for holidays and happenings each month and has offered to let us share them with you. She does not ask for any credit and the badges are for everyone to use. 
   May begins on Wednesday with May Day celebrations. Can we taco about Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5th? How about it Paisley, is May going to start off with flowers and sunshine?”
BFTB NETWoof Weather report with our weather lab
Paisley the Weather Lab: “As always, it depends on where you live this week. It will be sunny in the west and stormy in the east.
   The west coast will have mild temps and the rain will hold off in the Pacific northwest until midweek. The northern states will be nice and breezy which is better than the sudden snow they experienced over the weekend! The center of the country will go from cold to warm. It is the eastern half of the United States that is going to be wet this week. Don’t forget your umbrella when you head out for work.
   Always check with your local weather stations for any warnings or updates. Spring weather can be volatile and change quickly. Have a wonderful week no matter what the weather.”
 Bentley: “Thanks, Paisley and thank all of you for visiting us for this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. Please share our link to your social media so we can reach more pet lovers with good news!
   We will be back Wednesday when we will take you out to the ballgame. Friday will bring a new review that you absolutely don’t want to miss!
   On behalf of Pierre and Paisley, I want to wish you a terrific day and be sure to grab yourself some happy.”
News Sources: 
Parrot Warning System
Senior Dog Home
Australia’s Shame
The Animal Rescue Site petition

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  1. that is a very sad situation in OZ...the officials see only what they want to see but no one will notice who caused this problem... not the cats, but we humans...

  2. Da feral cat story are so sad - and not only could poison sossidges kill them, but also pet cats and dogs. Grrr.

  3. Aw man - that feral cat story - so sad. I hope that changes!!!

  4. Oh nose, that's sounds terrible, whats to stop other animals eating the sausages as well????
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Cinco de Mayo is always a fun holiday! That is just awful about the feral cats in Australia. That kind of horror is like from the dark ages and we can't believe the people will allow the government to do such a thing.

  6. We've been reading about what is happening in Australia and simply cannot fathom this at all and it does seem so "unlike" this country! Thanks for sharing the LINK where we can make our voices heard. Funny story out of Brazil, who'da thunk it! And also big thanks for the Cindo de Mayo shout out.

  7. How awful about the feral kitties in Australia. We sure hope a different plan can come into play.

  8. We have to wonder how they keep other animals from eating the poison and dying painful deaths.

  9. Heh, the parrot warning system. What a clever bird. Hopefully he'll start talking again soon with smarter owners.

  10. I had no idea about the number of feral cats DownUnder or the plan to kill them. I am sorry to read this, as it is not the cats fault. Yikes
    Wonder if they have a TNR program?
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. That's a tough situation. I looked into the types and numbers of native Australian species that are endangered because of those cats. It's a long list. There's a big problem with introduced rabbits and mice too. It's just sad all around, with no easy solutions.

  12. We can understand the will of protecting native species for Australia, we can understand up to a certain point that a part of ferals have to be killed because their number is too overwhelming for being controlled by a TNR program and they cannot find any other solution, but we're shocked and upset by the sadism, the cruelty involved : cat scalps, is it really necessary ?!? Purrs

  13. That is a horrible practice both for the feral cats and for any other animals that might eat the poison!!!

    We have a similar rescue in Spring HIll, KS, near us - Always and Furever. Good people doing good things.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. It's so unlike Australia to go at a problem in the WRONG WAY; so very sad.

  15. We can't even put into words how we feel about how Australia is handling the feral cat issue...

    We did get a giggle from the parrot story :-)
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  16. Sad to say...but feral cats in Oz are a huge problem. They have brought many native animals to near extinction. Only the dedication and huge expense have saved these animals. There are millions of feral cats, which grow to about three times the size of domestic cats. Unfortunately, most are the progeny of cats people have abandoned. They are nearly impossible to trap and live in isolated areas. Though I don't agree with some of the elimination methods, I can understand the reason behind it. We have several feral cats in our 'hood. They live in the storm water drains. They are fed by people. And those that can be trapped are desexed and let go. A very sad situation, but people do not desex their pets, and often leave them behind when moving.

  17. That is so sad about feral cats. It is not their fault they are there, it is the fault of humans not helping with TNR.

  18. that is a sad story about the feral cats.

  19. We heard about what was going on in Australia from other blog friends, and just couldn't believe it! It seems like such a friendly and animal-loving country. :(
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  20. This is the furst I've heard abouts the feral kitteh problem in Oz! Wows, I hopes they can come up with a better solution than that! I just envision animals other than the feral cats eating this poison too! I just hope some smart peeps can come up with something better. Poor kittehs, and bad situation all around. breaks my heart.
    We have FABulous weather this week! Thanks for the update Paisley!
    Ruby ♥


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