Tuesday, October 26, 2021

No One Needs Meat Daily

After so many Corona cases happened in meat-packing facilities ... and after everyone knows now that meat-packing facilities treat their workers like slaves - not to mention what miserable lives these poor animal creatures endure until they are dragged to the slater house:  Move Away From Meat!

“From swine flu to SARS to COVID-19, it’s as clear as the gloved hand in front of your masked face that eating animals is killing us,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s ads directly tell the public that it’s about more than social distancing and hand sanitizer—it’s about what, or who, we’re putting on our plates.”

The total amount of water needed – to produce one pound of beef is 1,799 gallons of water. In comparison, the water footprint of one pound of soybeans is 216 gallons; corn is 108 gallons.

Cows must consume 16 pounds of vegetation in order to convert it into 1 pound of flesh. When land is used to raise animals instead of crops, precious water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to make the land for grazing or factory-farm sheds, and untreated animal waste pollutes rivers and streams. 

Globally, there is a projected “food animal” population of over 20 billion, more than twice that of the current 7 billion humans the planet carries, with the animal count expected to rise along with human population growth, writes Foodtank.com

Meat does eat up vast amounts of resources, it seems that using it wisely (already crucial) will become even more so in the future.  
“No one needs meat:  “Eat as if everyone’s life depends on it - because it does.”  And I might add:  Let's make the world a more compassionate place for animals!


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Cruising With Fido


For years I could only travel with my dog Bentley when I took road trips. A flight to Europe or other parts of the world would have been impossible. Airlines allow only a certain size of the kennel and it would have been traumatic for him to be squeezed for ten or more hours into the baggage department. 

I researched cruises but didn’t find anything suitable. In fact, the only cruise ship was the famous Queen Mary 2 who would allow dogs (in kennels only). Their prices were a bit out of the range for me, and the outlook to have Bentley locked in one of two dozen kennels for ten days horrified me. He wouldn’t have been allowed in my stateroom.

A Recent Article Stated:  

“Bring Fido or Kitty along on the Queen Mary 2.  The only cruise line with facilities for your dog or cat is the posh, 2,691-passenger Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, which upholds the venerable Cunard line’s long-standing tradition of being pet-friendly. In addition to the cages, there is an Owner’s Lounge where guests may spend quality time with their pets and a large, gated outdoor exercise area equipped with an antique lamppost from Liverpool and a fire hydrant from New York City. You can hang out with your furry friend during set visiting hours. Prices range from $800 to $1,000 per dog and from $1,000 to $1,600 per cat. (Cats require two kennels -- one for the litter box and one for the cat.) Back in the 1800s, cats were “employed” on Cunard ships to take care of vermin. In the 1900s, the rich and famous set sail with their pets – including actress Elizabeth Taylor, who cruised with her pooches.” 

Be aware that space is extremely limited – Cunard recommends you book pet accommodations at least a year in advance – and the price tag is steep: From $800 for a small dog, $1,000 for a large dog, $1,600 for a cat (since cats are required to have two cages, one for a litter box). There are also a bunch of regulations to be followed regarding vaccinations, microchipping requirements, and such. 

Even though the United Kingdom has reduced rules that used to require dogs have a series of vaccinations six months in advance of sailing, you’ll still need a couple of months to get clearance to trot up the gangway with your pet.

Service dogs

On all cruise ships, service animals who are trained in specific tasks are typically allowed, with rules varying by the cruise line. (“Emotional support” pets are generally banned from the high seas.)  Each cruise line has its own rules for service dogs. 

Royal Caribbean

Carnival Cruis

Norwegian Cruise Line  

However, service dog owners need to make reservations for their canine in advance and are responsible for researching and understanding rules for disembarking with a dog at each port of call (canine companions may not be allowed off the ship at some ports), as well as specific immunization requirements. If your dog makes a mess onboard, you may be charged a cleaning fee. If your dog misbehaves, you may be kicked off the ship. With no veterinarian onboard, you may want to bring along doggy seasickness pills just in case.