Links: Ready or Not, Here I Come

Japanese photographer captures the lives of cats in Tokyo with beautiful results (RocketNews24, via Andrew Y.)

Good gal finds lost dog in middle of nowhere, takes it somewhere (Imgur, via Dave K.)


Toronto man saves swarm of bees missing their queen. (CBC, via Meagan W.)


(Caution: Subject matter may be disturbing) Man Saved Hundreds of Dogs From Meat Festival (Care2, via Murray C.)


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15 thoughts on “Links: Ready or Not, Here I Come

  1. allein June 21, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Awww! The lost floof story had me tearing up! (And I love that she refers to the dog as a “floof” throughout the story!)

    [No, autocorrect, I did not mean “floor.”]

  2. April June 21, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Re Meat Festival link: There is a special place in hell reserved for those who torture animals😢 There can *never* be a good enough excuse to explain away such horrific behavior toward other living things!

    • debg June 21, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      The organization called Avaaz had a petition drive against China’s Meat Festival. It seems to be an annual petition drive–look for it until China stops this.

  3. Smartypants June 21, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I haven’t read the other stories yet, but the Bee Rescue is marvelous. Way to go, community! If your faith in humanity could use a boost, this is a good one.

  4. Athos' Mom June 21, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    OK NTMTOM, did you really mean to put “Well Done” on the hover text for the Dog Meat story???? Little bit of a sick sense of humor going on there, LOL.

    • Gigi the cat lady June 21, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      LOL! That is a little twisted I must say.

    • belphebe June 21, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Sumo-Mermaid June 21, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      My thought was the “well done” was to compliment the man for saving as many animals as he could. Although–like so many phrases–it can be interpreted in many ways.

      • Duckie June 21, 2016 / 6:51 pm

        I thought the same.

  5. dubravkamcvmd June 21, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    The cat pictures, the floof rescue, and the bee rescue are all wonderful stories. The dog slaughter story is overwhelming. Killing dogs in order to eat their flesh is not different from killing any animals to eat them. It seems somehow more horrible to us because they are our beloved companions. However, the writer of the story tells us that in China dogs are tortured before they are slaughtered or they are tortured to death (I didn’t think the story was clear) because the adrenaline produced by the torture is believed to soften the meat and because animals who survive the torture are strong and people who eat them will thereby become stronger. This might be the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard of. The combination of sadism, ignorance and stupidity is amazing. That this is not individual sadist/lunatics but an entire culture utterly defeats me.

    • fkaWaldenPond June 21, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Ahhh there are so many Pandora’s Boxes to be opened here dubravkamcvmd. I cannot read the story as– Well, I feel shame and profound guilt as I still eat pigs, cattle, fish,eggs and chickens. I could argue we treat them with less ‘ceremonial’ but nonetheless torture and suffering before slaughter. I am clearly still working on the process of becoming a person who doesn’t eat these or any other animals. I am very, very self aware of the suffering that the animals go through. Heck, I am that person who is not ‘liking’ any post with cute pig in it due to my guilt. At this point in my life I cannot wag fingers at smokers as, heck, I used to smoke. I am not writing that you are doing this by any means; I am simply saying, Hey, I am no better than the people in China holding this festival. Why do I still eat animal protein? I feel weak, head achy, not good if I don’t have a small amount of animal protein a day. Plus, I really love the taste. Not a lot, but some small amounts. I have cream in my coffee everyday. Milking farms are not tranquil, happy places. I am making conscious decisions to eat considerably less, attempting in earnest to buy from ‘humane’ farms– but isn’t all the ‘free run’ ‘grass fed’ jargon just jargon anyway? Not trying to start a fight with any commenter, I am just putting out in a safe area, (truly hoping not inviting any heated discussion), I am truly not that different from these people at this festival… Just thinking out loud. Be well folks. 🙂

      • fkaWaldenPond June 21, 2016 / 10:49 pm

        And heck, hide and seek cat, safely home floof! and new safe home bees! are just well, the bees knees in feel good stories. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Night all, and btw, belated happy solstice! (Here, I will be a real bummer and end it with a summer solstice joke– just a decline into darkness now people!!!) Night! 😀 😀

      • dubravkamcvmd June 21, 2016 / 11:23 pm

        Thank you for your thoughts. We see things differently.

  6. birdcage June 22, 2016 / 9:34 am

    The Floof Rescuer is one of our people, clearly. Maybe not a resident of Cuteopia or the old ranch but definitely one of us. I can only hope that if any of my Floofs go missing that they are rescued and kept safe by people such as her.

    And the Bee Rescuer! That’s a special kind of human right there. I’m very worried about our bees.

    The dog meat story was very hard, even if the focus was supposed to be on the good work of the Doggeh Rescuer. It caused me to spend a lot of time last night thinking about how I could be a better person to my planet. I don’t really believe in the effectiveness of at least 99% of petitions that circulate on the internet (too many are examples of “slacktivism” – they go no where, do nothing). I’m not saying that I have answers, but thank you for posting a link to such a thought-provoking (for me, anyway) issue.

  7. Kar June 22, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    The meat festival made Nightline last night. The level of outrage has been ratched up a notch or two.

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