We’ll just be here. Slowly dying from an overdose of adorableness.
Lil Bub & Friendz – the Trailer!
Starring Lil Bub and Bub’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, along with Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat, and meme-manager supreme Ben Lashes, Lil Bub & Friendz follows the life and times of Bub and examines the internet-cat phenomenon, in general.
Lil Bub & Friendz will premiere worldwide at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Read more here!
The third episode in VICE’s cat series features Squirrel the Kitten, Rex the Cat, Vanessa, Kai + Ro, Whitney, Lucien, Artemis, and more.
These interviews were filmed during the making of VICE’s new film, Lil Bub & Friendz, directed and produced by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner—premiering at the TriBeCa Film Festival.
The official Lil Bub & Friendz trailer will be available on VICE YouTube March 18.
Lil Bub & Friendz Premieres at Tribeca!
We are proud to announce that our new documentary, Lil Bub & Friendz, the story of the world’s cutest internet cat, will premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Starring Lil Bub and Bub’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, along with Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat, and meme manager supreme Ben Lashes, the movie follows the life and times of Bub and examines the internet cat phenomenon with an amazing soundtrack that features Spiritualized, Vernon Elliott, Mort Garson, Steve Reich, and Integrity. The film is directed and produced by Andy Capper (Reincarnated) and Julilette Eisner.
The official trailer for Lil Bub & Friendz will be available to watch here and on youtube.com/vice on March 18th. In the meantime, watch our teaser trailer below.
Details of screenings and the premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival to follow!
We did cat yoga at the Center for Feline Studies and spoke with two feline experts about why cats on the internet are so addictive.
The second episode in VICE’s cat series features Jeffrey Bussolini, owner of the Center for Feline Studies, and Amy Kellner, creator of The Cute Show.
Watch the first episode of VICE’s cat series, featuring Keyboard Cat Guy, here.
These interviews were filmed during the making of VICE’s new film, Lil Bub & Friendz, directed and produced by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner—coming soon!
Watch the teaser for Lil Bub & Friendz here.
Stay tuned for the last episode in VICE’s cat series, airing on March 13.
In China, Tigers Are Farmed Like Chickens
Tigers are some of the biggest victims of the wildlife trade, with the rare cats’ bones coveted for traditional medicine and their coats prized as rugs. In Vietnam, tiger parts are so valuable that they make better bribes than cash. And in China, tiger parts are in such high demand that they are being farmed like chickens.
According to a new report from the Environmental Investigation Agency, China’s tiger farms are huge, with thousands of captive tigers being bred for slaughter. That’s possible because China has essentially legalized the tiger trade, which is troubling considering that China is a signatory of the CITES treaty, which bans international trade of tiger parts (along with parts of other animals, like rhinos and elephants) and calls for domestic trade prohibitions.
But far more troubling is the EIA’s conclusion that China’s tiger farms are actually stimulating demand for wild tigers. The report states that there are somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 captive tigers in China, a population that boomed from just a few dozen in the 80s thanks to favorable legal policies as well as funding from China’s State Forestry Administration. (As the Times noted in 2010, China’s largest tiger farm is run by the SFA.) Meanwhile, China’s wild tiger population has plummeted to just a few dozen individuals, down from a high of around 4,000 in the late 1940s.
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