Monthly Archives: June 2007

Clannies monthly stats (Jun 07)

In accordance with Tracking – TNRM Reimbursement from CWS:

  No. Remarks
Total number of cats 22
  • 6 in Area 3: Marty, Hannah, Martin, Macy, Marcus, Mary
  • 9 in Area 2: Sasha, Benji, Benny, Sally, Kenji, Stanley (formerly Silver tabby male), Senji, Scottie (formerly Friendly silver tabby male), Saba (formerly Tabby-white female with collar. also free-ranging pet cat)
  • 7 in Area 1: Ian, Baby, Chica, Salvi (free-ranging pet cats), Ivan, Cara, Isam
Total sterilised 17
  • 6 in Area 3: Marty, Hannah, Martin, Macy, Marcus, Mary
  • 4 in Area 2: Sasha, Sally, Benji, Kenji
  • 7 in Area 1: Ian, Baby, Chica, Salvi, Ivan, Cara, Isam
Newly sterilised this month 0  
Still unsterilised 5
  • 5 in Area 2: 4 males – Benny, Senji (either free-ranging pet cat or abandoned), Stanley, Scottie. 1 female – Saba
Newly abandoned this month 0
Newly killed or missing this month 2
  • 1 in Area 1: Cally, MIA since late last year.
  • 1 in Area 2: Dilute Calico Male
  • Number of complaints this month 0  

    Australian 20070625: Chimpanzees share humans’ unselfish genes

    Interesting read: Chimpanzees share humans’ unselfish genes

    I had barely put aside my lamentation on altruism: ALAS, when I was clued on to this revelation by a LiveScience blog alert in my mailbox. This article on the Australian seems all warm-fuzzy – Altruism is alive and well.

    Or is it?

    The LiveScience blog entry contains  the epilogue for this altruism discovery. After reading the LiveScience entry (appended), life as we know may never be the same again. Excuse me while I scrunitise my existence as a cat minion.


    Americans as Altruistic as Chimpanzees

    Author Robert Roy Britt

    Americans have big hearts. They give and give.

    Last year, in fact, they gave 4.2 percent more than the previous year. Charitable donations soared to $295.02 billion, the third straight record year.

    True, a good chunk of this money was given by corporations trying to look good and by people who won’t miss it, like Warren Buffet ($1.9 billion). But 75.6 percent of the total was donated by individuals. And 65 percent of this individual giving “comes from homes with less than $100,000 in annual income,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    So is charitable giving truly altruistic, as many givers would like to believe? (Altruisim: unselfish concern for or the devotion to the welfare of others.)

    Some who give in big ways no doubt enjoy the warm and fuzzy press they receive and their increased status in the eyes of others. In short, they gain, so their giving is not truly altruistic. While individuals giving $100 here and there don’t enjoy much public adoration for their deeds, they can derive emotional benefit simply because the act of giving makes them feel good. If they tell a friend or loved one, the increased status thing kicks in.

    So by definition most charitable giving is not altruistic unless one sees altruism as having degrees rather than being an absolute principle.

    Meanwhile, a new study out today suggests altruism (or whatever it is) is as old as humanity and even older. Chimpanzees, our close relatives on the primate family tree, have been known to exhibit altruistic behavior in lab settings. In the new research, chimps were found to help other chimps (as well as humans) retrieve something that was out of reach so long as the other chimp (or human) demonstrated a desire to have the object. The altruistic chimp had to expend some energy to help and got nothing in return.

    In the wild, however, altruism among chimps is rarely noted. And a hungry chimp tends not to help another but rather feed itself with little or no altruistic effort. Could be, researchers say, that “one difference between humans and chimps might be the ability to read the intentions of others and discriminate whether help is needed or not.”

    Worth noting, however, that charitable giving by humans tends to go up or down depending on how well-off people are. The increase this year, the Journal reports, “partly reflects the growing number of high-net-worth households.”

    No surprise there. But that means that for humans, as with chimps, altruism is based on whether their own needs are first met, which is anything but unselfish.

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    Their unbearable future – can we make it better?

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    I had asked you to remember the bears. But a lot of the info and the happenings may understanding seem far and remote, of no concern to us here in Singapore. But budak, with 2 posts about bears and their wild brethren, show the proximity, the nearness of the oft careless, and sometimes casual cruelties, that non-humans suffer under us:

    20 Jun 2007

    An Unbearable Future

    About halfway through his presentation, bear researcher Wong Siew Te showed a duotone slide. Pictured was a small sun bear cub, with a rather rotund body and bright, pleading eyes. It was trussed up like a chicken. Right after the photograph was taken by a Japanese researcher in Borneo, the cub was taken to a kitchen and slaughtered as it screamed.

    This is the fate of most bears that come into contact with men in this region. (continue reading)

    22 Jun 07

    A hunger that knows no bounds

    Still on bears, the twisted thoughts who like their paws on a plate are highlighted in the June 2007 issue of the Malaysian Naturalist (published by the Malayan Nature Society), which in a feature article, “Eating On The Wild Side”, showed a grizzly picture of a pair of detached pads wrapped in newsprint. Across the country, wildmeat restaurants serving bears, mousedeer, pangolins, serows, leopards and tigers continue to cater to diners with a taste for dubious tonics at a rate beyond the means of enforcement officers. (continue reading)

    Budak is very kind in calling the human gastronomical fetishes a hunger. It is pure base gluttony and I expect much better of Homo Sapiens.

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    Singapore rarity-car dismantled to save kitten

    Well, well, what a surprise, given Singaporeans’ general apathy, if not downright hostility towards animals. This two week old kitt is lucky!

    Click to read whole story: STOMPer dismantles part of car to save kitten

    Nice mental entree to start the weekend.

    SOS: Help plug EU cat, dog fur import loophole

    If you feel and are outraged by the fact that cats and dogs are being killed for humanity’s fur fetish, dont be surprised to know that the EU ban may have loopholes. To help plug the loopholes, read this and sign:

    Online protest for a loophole-free import prohibition for dog and cat fur

    Remember the bears: Documentary tonight

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    Bears have a special soft spot on my heart (yes, another soft spot among many) . Especially what they go through to provide Traditional Chinese Medicine with what is easily available in pill form that does not involve such cruelty, among assorted cruelties we inflict on them. Yes, I’m talking about the Moon Bears of China, who are held captive by their bile.

    What is Bear Bile Farming? Check out’s bear pages through this page or this list on WSPA

    I have a date with the bears tonight. Please do try to check out this wonderful documentary too. It airs tonight and tomorrow.

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    Watch Animal Planet’s “Moon Bears: Journey to Freedom” tonight, Friday 22’nd June or tomorrow, Saturday 23’rd June!

    Dear calsifer,

    Last year Animal Planet were on site with us in Chengdu shooting a One-Hour Special, “Moon Bears: Journey to Freedom”. The programme is screening again tonight and tomorrow in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and Thailand at the following times. (NB all times listed are Singapore/Hong Kong time):

    Friday 22’nd June

    Saturday 23’rd June

    Please do your utmost to watch it. This exciting documentary showcases the growing support in China sparked by our work to end bear farming and is a wonderful in depth behind the scenes look at the daily trials and tribulations.

    We always remember that this journey has only been made possible through the fantastic support of each and everyone of you. Please do tune in, meet many of the wonderful bears and see how our work has sparked a seachange in attitudes towards animal welfare throughout China.

    Warm wishes,
    Annie Mather
    Executive Director, Head of Media

    Now to the question burning in your mind – why another soft spot, why bears?

    This is a good list of the things that bears suffer, because of our fellow man. Is it exhaustive? Hardly. But it is a decent start-list.

    Bears are often seen as lumbering giants who have nothing to fear. While it is mind-boggling, the truth is bears everywhere need saving, from us.

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    Reuters 20070618: Geese get revenge: Pate may cause rare disease

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    Call it one of the ultimate come-uppence. Humans put geese through immeasureable suffering to get that most cruel of gourmet cruelty, foie gras.

    You see this sometimes

    But are you aware of see this?

    Foie Gras – it is nothing more than diseased goose liver. And artificially diseased liver at that.


    The liver on the left has been fattened by force feeding to make foie gras, compared to an ordinary duck liver on the right.


    The liver on the left has been fattened by force feeding to make foie gras, compared to an ordinary duck liver on the right. (source)

    A good list of Foie Gras articles can be found here.

    So the fact it comes back to bite humans in our collective behind is an inevitability, bound to happen, just like bird flu IS a virus of our own hatching.

    The Reuters article opens:

    Geese force-fed and then slaughtered for their livers may get their final revenge on people who favor the delicacy known as foie gras: It may transmit a little-known disease known as amyloidosis, researchers reported on Monday.

    It discourses on what amyloidosis is and who its friends are

    Sometimes Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is described as a type of amyloidosis as well.

    Symptoms are often vague and range from fatigue and weight loss to swelling and kidney damage.

    Like CJD, mad cow disease, scrapie and related diseases, amyloidosis is marked by abnormal protein fragments. In the case of CJD, the proteins are called prions.

    “On this basis, we posit that this and perhaps other forms of amyloidosis may be transmissible, akin to the infectious nature of prion-related illnesses,” the researchers added.

    It ends with suggestions of other possible sources of this disease

    “In addition to foie gras, meat derived from sheep and seemingly healthy cattle may represent other dietary sources of this material.”

    Read the whole Geese get revenge: Pate may cause rare disease article.

    Meantime, if you are concerned about the impact of eating meat on your health, or just want to learn more about going vegetarian, try these sites I collected under the heading: Does your grub bleed?


    So, where did your steak come from?

    Go, grass-eater!

    Bless is he who refuses meat (Online essays, comments, resources about going meatless from the religious perspective)

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