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Good at doing his hair -- Bad at looking after animals.

Good at doing his hair -- Bad at looking after animals.

Posted 4 July 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: companion animals, celebrity, cats, monkeys, snakes, exotic animals

I'm just as guilty of humming along to Justin Bieber's 'Baby' as the next person, but I am fed up with hearing about this guy's complete disregard for the proper care of companion animals.

If you happen to not be one of Bieber’s nine million followers on Instagram, then you might have missed the brief appearances of several unlucky animals amongst the incessant stream of shirtless selfies. So here’s an overview:

Johnson

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This is Johnson. He is a baby boa constrictor. Back in 2011, he was Bieber’s 'pet' for all of three months before the singer seemingly got bored and auctioned little Johnson off for charity. Interestingly, charitybuzz, who were responsible for the auction, added the disclaimer that "keeping a pet snake is a long-term responsibility." Hmm, clearly this does not apply to floppy haired pop stars.

Johnson was lucky enough to be 'won' by an animal lover who was shocked that Bieber was auctioning off the baby boa. The winning bidder has since donated Johnson to the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Minnesota. "I wanted to make sure the snake would be well taken care of for the rest of his life," he explains.

Pac

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This is Pac. He was Justin's hamster. Bieber's sparkly-eyed love for Pac lasted approximately two months. Then, Bieber gave Pac away to a random screaming fan after a concert in Atlanta. The California Hamster Association (CHA) slammed Bieber for this casual handover. "Hamsters are fragile creatures that often succumb quickly to illness and death, especially when faced with sudden environmental change," they said.Three months later, Pac was dead. May he rest in peace.


Mally

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This is Mally. Some banana-brain thought it would be a good idea to give this baby capuchin to Biebs as a gift for his birthday in March this year. Monkeys are wild animals and should not be kept as pets, particularly not by a travelling celebrity with clearly very little interest in the welfare of animals.

Mally was with Biebs for a whole month (notice a trend here?) before he was abandoned in Germany as Justin was unable to provide the right paperwork to get him on the plane. Bieber was given six weeks to come up with the right paperwork.

Meanwhile, Mally was kept in isolation in a German animal shelter, alone and only 14 weeks old. Poor Mally. Monkeys are naturally very social animals and baby capuchins will normally stay by their mother’s side until they are a year old.

Bieber continued with his tour and the deadline to collect Mally passed by. Finally Mally was put into a German wildlife park where he now lives happily with other monkeys.

(Interestingly, Bieber captioned this picture of Mally "He's like a human." Yea. Good one Biebs. Feeney49 gets it.)

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Tuts

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This is Tuts. (Is anybody else getting exhausted by this list?) She is an adorable ginger Persian kitty. She has been in the 'care' of arguably the world's worst pet owner for a few weeks now. Justin picked her up within what seemed like minutes of Mally being seized by the German wildlife park -- shorter than the time in-between posting half naked selfies on his Instagram.

Tuts looks a little worried doesn’t she? And it’s no wonder, knowing Bieber’s history with companion animals. And also having a picture of herself captioned "Time to die." Hopefully Tuts will have a fate better than Pac’s :(

Mally? Or Mally II?

The latest is that Bieber held up a plane for eight hours in Miami because he wanted to go pick up his monkey from Palm Beach. Can you beliebe it? Whether this is a new monkey, or if somehow Mally has miraculously made it to Florida, my reaction is the same:

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This dude is not even responsible enough to mind his temper, let alone an animal of any kind. I sure hope he hasn’t taken Mally away from his furry friends at the wildlife park.

What advice would you like to give to Biebs about taking care of companion animals? (P.S. He’s only a tweet away: twitter.com/justinbieber).

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Why it's important to watch cartoons

Why it's important to watch cartoons

Posted 27 May 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: vegetarian, go veg, video, cute, pigs, monkeys

Ok, so maybe I am getting a little bit too old for cartoons, but you have to admit that there is nothing better than an episode of Scooby Doo with your cornflakes on a Saturday morning. And the little kid in me absolutely LOVED this episode of Arthur:

How cute is Sue Ellen's new bestie Sally? You know, Sue Ellen and I have something in common – almost four years ago I made a new friend called Joey. He lives in a monkey sanctuary in Cornwall, England. (Luckily he is very hairy because it gets FREEZING there!)

250-joey.jpgFor 9 years, Joey had been kept as a pet in a cage, which was MUCH too small for a monkey, and he had become physically disabled as a result. Luckily the sanctuary rescued him and he now has plenty of space and other monkey friends. When Joey looked at me, poked his tongue out and threw an apple at my face, I knew that I could never eat animals again!


200-lisa-lamb.jpgSue Ellen and I are not the only ones who have made a friendship with an animal that has changed us for good. Lisa Simpson beat us to it when she became vegetarian in 1995 after bonding with a lamb. That means Lisa has been vegetarian for over 17 years! Strangely enough, she hasn't aged a day. Could this be the consequences of living meat-free? 

By deciding not to eat animals, Sue Ellen is going to save up to 100 cartoon lives per season! And Lisa has saved thousands and thousands of cartoon sheep, cows, pigs,chickens and fish. If you want to save real animals you can make the pledge to be veg! Start with my personal wintery favourite – minestrone soup!


And while you are warming up with a bowl of delicious cruelty-free goodness, why not tell us about your special animal friend in the comments below?

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Schoolies: You're doing it wrong.

Schoolies: You're doing it wrong.

Posted 26 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: monkeys, schoolies, entertainment, derp!

Every year during Schoolies celebrations (which are taking place right now) you hear of people doing some pretty dopey things. But these guys ... these guys take the cake.

Graduating from high school doesn't necessarily mean that you've learned the important things in life. Two students from Newcastle proved that this week while celebrating Schoolies in Bali. Chris and Jeremy decided that it wasn't enough just getting wasted at night and apparently losing all their t-shirts. They decided that buying a monkey and keeping him on a metal chain would be a good idea.

Let's make just a quick list about why that was NOT a good idea.

  • Long-tailed macaques prefer to hang out with other macaques, not a bunch of "bros" from NSW; and they often huddle together when sleeping at night to keep warm.
  • They would normally spend a large part of their day in trees, not on a metal chain on busy Bali streets.
  • Buying a monkey on the street encourages locals to catch more monkeys, taking them from their natural environment and keeping them confined. As the man who sold this monkey admitted, he has a "house full of monkeys".
  • Who knows what will happen to the monkey when these guys leave for home?? They're treating him as a novelty party piece which they can just dump and forget about when the party is over. Bali, Australia, wherever ... adopting an animal is a serious commitment, not something you do for a laugh or because "the ladies love it", as Chris puts it.

If you want to get your Drapht on and have a Bali Party - go for it. But there's no need to drag a monkey (or any other animal) into the mix. So for all you future schoolies or travellers, try to keep one thing in mind when overseas:

Don't be giving money to anyone who uses animals as part of a street-show! Simple as that. More likely than not the animal will be living a totally unnatural life, being forced to perform with no end in sight. This is the case with elephants on Thai streets, monkeys in Indonesia and bears in Cambodia. The temptation to give money to try and help the animals might be overwhelming, but your money really just encourages the practise to continue.

If you want to make a positive difference for animals when travelling, why not consider volunteering somewhere like Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in northern Thailand? Supported by Animals Australia member society Animal Aid Abroad Inc, ENP provides sanctuary to dozens of elephants rescued from performing on streets or in logging camps. And that's bound to leave better memories than keeping a monkey on a chain for a week!

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5 animals who would totally get straight A's.

5 animals who would totally get straight A's.

Posted 12 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: school, monkeys, birds, pigs, dolphins

Whether you can't wait to show off your report card, or whether you'll be 'filing it' in the bin before mum and dad see it - find out which animals would be top of the class if they went to your school.

1. Japanese macaques. These monkeys would definitely snag the Home Economics prize, as they are known to wash sweet potatoes in river water before eating them. Not only that, they since learned that washing the taters in sea water infused them with a pleasant salty taste. MasterChef ... or MasterChimp?
2. Finches. Language class would be no problem for finches who "talk" to each other using proper grammar. A field study found that finches ignored remixed versions of their own songs, because the jumbled up versions made no sense to them. This suggests that humans aren't the only animals able to order sound logically. tbh, if it's super-early in the morning, I can barely order sounds logically myself. So, well done finches!
3. Ravens. Excellent problem-solvers, they would dominate at school. They have been known to use sticks to get insects out of logs and even drop walnuts in front of cars to crack them open. Check out how smart they are in this amazing test.


That awkward moment when ravens solve a problem quicker then you would have.

4. Pigs. They're naturally curious (so the teachers would like 'em), and they don't sweat (so the other kids would sit next to 'em). That's right - pigs don't sweat at all. That's why they wallow in mud - to keep themselves cool. (ADDED BONUS: unlike dogs and humans, pigs will stop eating when they're full, so they wouldn't eat all your chips if you shared at lunch-time.)
5. Dolphins. Have you ever been cramming for a test or pulling an all-nighter to get that project done - only to give in to the temptation of sleep? Dolphins don't need to worry about that, because they sleep with only half their brain! They can carry on their normal routines indefinitely, which means while you're snoozing ... they're studying.

So there you go, the five animals who would totally get straight A's if they went to your school. Good luck if you've got exams at the moment, or if you're coming up to end of year tests. Study hard, get through them ... then two months of party time!

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