Many, most, all of you thought that Empress Floof should be mine forever… but I got her adopted.
HEAR ME OUT!
Actually, I don’t think I need to type words… LOOK AT THIS PHOTO. Then we will discuss.
I guess now this post is basically over because I can barely type words other than: dat widdle face! dat widdle tongue!!! doez widdle EARS!!!!! doez widdle whiskers!
Seriously. I nearly had a seizure typing that I would take him.
Then I had to wait decades for him to be cleared to go to foster!
Ok. I’ve gotten ahead of myself… back up.
I had Empress Floof, of the Fancy Feet clan.
Behold her regal fluffballness:
LOOK AT HER FEET!! The tufts on her back paws are even floofier but she refuses to allow me to photograph them. She is doing well and coming out of her shell… still shy but I can see she will be fine with a time and patience! AND my previous foster’s new mom sent me 25 photos of him, the 9 million toys they bought him, and him sleeping curled up in bed with one of their daughters. Which BEYOND made my day… I can see he is loved. FEELING THANKFUL. #AdoptDontShop #Foster
The woman who adopted her has just (within one month of each other) lost both her husband and her beloved cat… Her grief is very recent, and I just fell in love with this lady.
She came over on a Saturday morning. And Floof was amazingly not afraid of this woman!
Floof did not exactly jump in her lap, BUT she sniffed Lady’s hand, AND then deigned to grace us with her presence by lying under a chair nearby… this was a cat who was still running to hide under the bed when the heater kicked on, so voluntarily hanging out with a stranger was nothing short of miraculous!
Lady fell in LOVE with Floof, and she has called me frequently to tell me how amazing Floof is doing– and to tell me how much love and comfort Floof is bringing her… and now I have these two little men; they are brothers and best buds! They are ALWAYS together.
I know it might seem really strange that I could keep giving away these cats! But the more cats I can give a temporary home = the more cats not euthanized simply because they are struggling at overcrowded shelters.
If you can’t foster… there are still MANY ways to help! I wrote a post here about ways you can help your local shelter!
Fostering adult cats is nearly ZERO work! You give them a nice quiet place, in a room with little traffic… give them a blanket, food, scoop the litter box… done.
Yes, they come with a little bit of emotional baggage. But if you can sit nearby in the room, read a book, watch tv, do internet… just be patient with them, it can be very rewarding to see them slowly relax and go from terrified to interested in life!
On the other hand, KITTENS.
Kittens will chew your shoes. And your earbuds. And do some kind of thunderdome apocalyptic aerobics on your bed at 5 o’clock in the morning.
And if there is anything precariously balanced ANYWHERE IN YOUR HOUSE… they will find it and alert you to your own stupidity.
BUT KITTENS STEAL YOUR HEART.
What I’m reading: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
It took me a minute to get into this… but once I did, I enjoyed it. (I think the holdup was my expectation that it would be a version of The Glass Castle… which it’s not.)
I was most interested in his analysis of the culture of “hillbilly.” Which is roughly the culture of white, working-class America in rural areas… His assessment is not always kind. But he brings a lot of honesty (and personal experience) so his writing feels fair and not judgemental.
Then I reread: The Glass Castle
Then, to round out my Appalachia tour, I rewatched: The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
If you have not seen it, I do not know how to express the poverty, disfunction, drugs, an in-your-face pride in their own self-destruction, seriously neglected dental care, poor judgement, violence, addiction, lack of resources, stubbornness, total delusion, and a good dose of pure insanity.
A situation that is created by the coal mining industry, but paid for through the welfare provided by our tax dollars. It’s outrageous and fascinating and mind boggling. And incredibly sad to see the little children who are living in this bizarre place.
SOAPBOX: Milk… it does a body
good CANCER, DROUGHT, GLOBAL HUNGER.
Casein, which makes up 87% of the protein in cow’s breastmilk, is the most significant carcinogen we consume… Casein promotes all stages of the cancer process. — Dr. Colin T. Campbell
Have you ever asked yourself:
Why are humans the only animal to consume breastmilk after infancy?
Why are humans the only species in the entire animal kingdom to drink another species’ breastmilk?
Who decided that breastmilk intended to turn a 70 lb newborn calf into a 1,500 lb cow… is good for humans?
Is the answer to all of those questions: because our government got involved in the dairy industry?
Below is an outtake of a longer video that gives an overview of how the USDA got into the business of selling us a carcinogen.
Dairy Management, (which reported expenditures of $136 million last year,) is our government’s branch of the USDA that works to promote dairy sales… By comparison, the department’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which promotes healthy diets, has a total budget of $6.5 million. — The New York Times, how a government-created industry group works to bolster cheese sales.
OH… WHO CARES!!
We love cheese!
BUT WHY? WHY DO WE LOVE CHEESE SO MUCH?
There’s actually an answer to this!
Cheese is highly-concentrated breastmilk… and condensing and concentrating that milk also concentrates the hormones that make nursing feel good to a baby.
In the human brain, these hormones stimulate the same receptors as heroin and morphine; regardless of whether that breastmilk comes from a human, a cow, a goat, etc.
“Digesting breastmilk creates casomorphins, which attach to the brain’s opiate receptors; causing a calming effect in much the same way heroin and morphine do.”
— Dr. Neal Barnard, professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Does it matter that the links between dairy consumption and cancer are striking?
Does it matter that science tells us that other species’ breastmilk is bad for us… UNLESS that “science” is conducted by Dannon or funded by the milk-industry ?
Rather than try to edit all the science into one paragraph, I’ll send you to read this excellent and thorough article at Mother Jones.
Dr. Willett (Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School) found that men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as those who drank no milk.
Women who drank two and a half or more glasses of milk a day had a higher fracture risk than their counterparts who drank less than one glass a day.
Studies showed a connection between dairy consumption and breast cancer; researchers theorized that the high levels of hormones in dairy foods—specifically estrogen, progesterone, and an insulin-like compound known as IGF-1—may speed the growth of tumors. — The Scary New Science That Shows Milk Is Bad For You
Hang on! I thought milk = calcium!! Strong bones! HEALTH!!
But WHERE did we get that idea?
WHO told us that?
Was it the people who are financially invested in SELLING US MILK?
Is it possible that politics and capitalism dictate the American food system; creating a market that is completely destructive to public health and the environment; and yet embraced because societal norms tell us that WE LOVE CHEESE! (AND BACON!)
Is it possible… THAT WE ARE NOT COWS??
Is it possible that what we ate to survive winter in Kansas in 1823, is the dietary equivalent of living in a cave without wifi? I mean, survival is awesome! But why are we still making choices to feed ourselves like we are only going to live to be 42?
Is that a biological development? A cultural development? Or a development based on the PROFITABLY OF DAIRY CORPORATIONS?
Lobbying by the $50 billion dairy industry clouds policy on nutrition.
— Food Politics, Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University.
Does it matter that our own wellbeing, the health of our loved ones, and the health of the planet that our children will inherit… are MOST IMPACTED BY HOW WE FEED OURSELVES.
Does it matter that the intensive farming of animals is the single biggest cause of climate change?
Not countries with no environmental regulations
WHAT WE EAT.
Does it matter that the way we feed ourselves requires that children in underprivileged countries go hungry?
82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries. — Dr.
Does it matter that our planet’s resources are finite, and that we NEED THEM TO SURVIVE… and yet allow meat and dairy industries to exploit, pollute, and destroy the planet we live on!
Does it matter that animal agriculture is the leading cause of rainforest destruction… 70% of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing. — United Nations, FAO
Does it matter that while California experienced a drought of alarming proportions… the industry that exports CA-grown alfalfa to China’s growing dairy industry was exempt from water regulations? Video below is from National Geographic.
Does it matter that animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones? (source: our own epa!)
Does it matter that 80% of antibiotics used in the United States are for livestock? (FDA pdf)
Does it matter that a food system that uses SO MUCH ANTIBIOTIC has huge repercussions for human health?
Does it matter that everything is connected?
I think so! I think there is nothing that matters MORE!
I think it is terrifying that our government values profit and lobbyists over human health and the PLANET WE ALL NEED TO LIVE ON… and it makes me MAD.
MAD. MAD. MAD
If it makes you mad too, go forth and make other people mad!
Read The China Study: learn about the factory-farming industry’s attempts to brainwash everyone in America into thinking they will die at any moment from a protein deficiency! Like this pitiful weakling: USA’s Olympian record-holding weightlifter who is vegan… Farris set an American weightlifting record by lifting 800 pounds at the 2016 Olympic Trials… SAD!
Is it possible that our collective insanity surrounding the cultural obsession with PROTEIN… is BAD FOR US? Do any of those guys slamming down shakes, bars, supplements even know that TOO MUCH PROTEIN IS BAD or did Men’s Fitness magazine fail to mention that because their job is to sell magazines, and those magazines are funding by the advertising dollars from protein supplement manufacturers?
Some individuals, especially teen boys and adult men, also need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry, and eggs.
Overall, our human and animal studies indicate that a low protein diet is likely to be useful for the prevention of cancer, overall mortality, and possibly diabetes. — health.gov/dietaryguidelines
Did you know that one of the mysteries of human breast milk is why the protein content is so low?
Did you know that cows’ milk has 35 grams of protein per liter, while human breast milk has only 9 grams of protein per liter?
Did you know that the ratio of whey and casein proteins in human breast milk range from 80/20 – 60/40 (as breast milk progresses from colostrum to mature milk,) whereas cow milk is completely opposite at a 20/80 ratio.
The dairy industry has long promoted the myth that milk and milk products promote increased bone health—but the opposite is true. The evidence is now abundantly convincing that higher consumption of dairy is associated with higher rates of bone fracture and osteoporosis, according to Yale and Harvard University research groups.
— Dr. Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H., is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Does it matter that just like humans, dairy cows carry their babies for nine months?
Does it matter that those babies are taken from their mothers immediately?
Does it matter that the dairy industry IS the veal industry?
Does it matter that the mother cow will cry for her baby loudly enough to alarm neighbors enough to call the police?
Does it matter that after her body is worn out, after being forced to have child after child, and never getting to nurse or raise any of them… she will be sent to slaughter?
It matters to me.
I believe that babies belong with their mothers. I believe that forcing an animal to birth baby after baby… only to have those babies taken from her so that the dairy industry can sell us cancer in the form of cheese and ice cream is a grotesque mockery of nature and motherhood and our own humanity.
And I have one more question:
If we can live healthier,
MORE COMPASSIONATE lives
WHY WOULDN’T WE?
THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO THE FORGOTTEN MOTHERS… SPECIFICALLY, THIS ONE.
She arrived at the slaughterhouse, unable to walk off the truck.
Please read her story.
This mother spent her life pregnant, but she never knew any of her children. Her sons became veal. Her daughters suffered her same fate so that humans could harvest her breastmilk.
When her production dwindled with age, she was sent to slaughter. She was injured in transport, and wasn’t able to walk off the truck… the slaughterhouse workers used their electric prods in her ear to try to get her out of the truck, then beat and kicked her in the face, ribs, and back, but still she didn’t move.
They tied a rope around her neck, tied the other end to a post in the ground, and drove the truck away. She was dragged along the floor of the truck and fell to the ground, shattering her legs and pelvis.
She remained like that from 8am until 7:30pm. For the first 3hours, she lay in the hot sun crying. When she urinated or defecated, she used her front legs to drag herself along the gravel roadway to a clean spot. She tried to crawl to a shaded area but couldn’t move far enough.
The employees didn’t allow her any water; the only water she received was given to her by Jess Pierce, a local animal lover who had been contacted by a woman who witnessed the incident. After receiving no cooperation from stockyard workers, she called the Kenton County Police. A police officer arrived but was instructed to do nothing.
In the afternoon, the slaughterhouse manager informed Jess that he had permission from the insurance company to kill the cow but wouldn’t do it until Jessie left. Although doubtful that he would keep his word, Jess left at 3pm. She returned at 4:30pm and found the stockyard deserted. Three dogs were attacking the cow, who was still alive. She had suffered a number of bite wounds, and her water had been removed.
Jess contacted the police again. 4 officers arrived at 5:30pm, and a State trooper wanted to shoot the cow but was told that a vet should kill her. The 2 veterinarians at the facility would not euthanize her, claiming that in order to preserve the value of the meat, she could not be destroyed.
The butcher arrived at 7:30 p.m. and shot the cow. Her body was purchased for $307.50.