A new study finds that greenhouse gas emissions from the UK’s meat and cheese trades add up to half of all the emission’s from Britain’s cars. Translation: If everyone goes vegan, it’ll have the same effect as if everyone drove half as much. Or half of everyone drove the same amount. Or one quarter of people drove twice as much. See, math is fun!
Some more numbers (quoted from The Independent), because I know you can’t get enough of them:
"[Fresh] meat has a carbon footprint at the checkout of 17kg of carbon dioxide per kilogram. Cheese has 15kg. Cooked meats are also high at 11kg per kilogram, with bacon at 9kg. Exotic vegetables* and mushrooms are high, largely because of freight and hothouse heating costs. Wine** has a carbon footprint of 2kg per kilogram, and potatoes, apples, milk, bread and cereals are under 2kg. Home baking comes in at just over 2kg."
*What counts as an exotic vegetable in England? Do they find our American stuff like blueberries exotic? Wait, that’s a fruit. Chayote? Yucca? Kabocha squash? Stop exoticizing our vegetables, England!
**I think that means wine is better for the environment that home baking? Also wait, are they saying it’s better to buy your bread than to make it? That’s confusing. DAMN YOU SCIENCE YOU ARE COMPLICATED!
It’s a hedgehog in a jumper. A hedgehog! In a jumper! It’s not to be cute, he needs it! From the Telegraph:
Staff at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire have made a little jumper to keep a spineless hedgehog warm. The animal was found by a member of the public in a garden in Bedford and has been named Spudlina by staff as her skin resembles that of a potato. The two year old is undergoing various tests to determine the cause of the loss of her spines and she is currently enjoying regular skin massages with a Vitamin E moisturiser.
St. Tiggywinkles hospital is the same place that gave the deer the little head scarf. I’m like, hey guys, not EVERYONE looks good in yellow. We should mail them a technicolor dream-coat of yarn. OMG no really we should! Or someone who knows how to knit, you should make him a little jumper covered in little hearts. I myself know how to knit but I just hate it. It makes me feel like my fingers are going to fall off.
Anne the elephant is free from the circus! »
Yay! Anne is retired! You know I’ve been following the case of Anne, the abused elephant, very closely so I am glad to say she is officially leaving the circus! She will be moving within a week. Above is a picture of the Longleat Safari Park, Anne’s new home. It’s not an insanely awesome elephant sanctuary but it’s also not the zoo and she won’t have to travel very far so I think it’s great! I know the circus owners were like determined that they would only release Anne if she went somewhere that they could visit often. Um, yeah, maybe you could have done more visiting before, dirtbags. From the Daily Mail:
Following intense discussions lasting six hours, an agreement was reached between the safari park and animal welfare groups including Animal Defenders International, which obtained the footage.
The RSPCA, Born Free, the British Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Specialist Wildlife Services were also involved.
At Longleat, Anne will have three experienced keepers and an elephant specialist catering for her every need. Longleat has even pledged to bring in a herd of elephants to keep her company, if it is judged to be in her best interests.
I’m so happy for Anne! But I must remind you that there are many elephants in circuses in the U.S. and no one seems to be upset about their shocking abuse footage. I mean, the footage below has been out for years:
It’s amazing that the British people reacted so strongly and quickly to Anne’s plight—I wish that would happen here! I wish all the circus elephants were free! We have two elephants in the U.S. that IDA says are in need of dire rescue—read about Liz and Bimbo—but you don’t see them in the local paper. We should figure out just what made people react to Anne’s suffering so that we can get them to care about all the other elephants that are still being abused in circuses. Unfortunately, I think what made them care more is that they are not Americans. Americans tolerate so much violence against people, it’s no wonder violence against animals barely registers. But maybe I’m just cynical.
Go to HelpElephants.com to see ways you can help the elephants who are still in terrible situations.
Megan Rascal takes Europe! Part the first: London! »
Hey people! Your pal Megan Rascal has successfully taken Europe by storm! And everybody was all like, “Megan Rascal, please stay here and live with us! S’il te plaît!” And I was all, “My friends! My duty and my heart reside in America! But I will return one day!” And everybody was all like, "c’est con!" (“bummer!”) Poor guys, sometimes a taste of honey is worse than none at all.
I went to London and Paris but London beats Paris’ ass on the vegan metaphorical football field (football is European for “soccer!” Queer!). My first stop was at Mildreds Vegetarian Restaurant in SoHo (they gots their own SoHo! Adorbs!). Dudes, Mildreds is the jump-off! SO good and lots of vegan options. If you go, super duper you have to get the chargrilled artichoke crostini. It was amazing with a capital Hot Damn!
I wasn’t terribly hungry so instead of an entree I got the soup of the day, which was a turnip soup. Turnips are my jam. It was very delicious and came with good bread. Dipping bread in soup is one of the simple pleasures in life. Oh and sorry for the poor picture quality—the restaurant has a big skylight, but there was a storm so it was dark. And loud.
My dear friend Lizzy, who’s an omni but always happy to join me at a veggie restaurant, got the “tomato, aubergine, chickpea and green olive tagine served with flaked almond couscous, flat bread and harissa.” (aubergine is British for “eggplant”! Ha!) I gave it a try, it was yummy.
Clearly, my first vegan endeavor in London was a success. Lizzy wanted to go back the next day (silly omnies!) and I’ve been dreaming about the artichoke crostini all week. In conclusion: highly recommended!