I will assume that this young woman is a vegan. Animal agriculture (and we have plenty here in NC) is the leading cause of climate change. You cannot be an environmentalist if you are not vegan.
Everyone should watch "Cowspiracy"(available on Netflix) http://www.cowspiracy.com/
I think there should be special traffic officers enforcing speed limits, and I think that speed limits should be reduced in the state. There are more motor vehicles, going fast (faster than the speed limit), and not paying attention. Too many motorists are texting (I cannot travel a highway without seeing what is clearly a rear-end crash where someone was most likely texting. I seriously doubt that phones are checked in these accidents, even though texting is illegal), and motorists are more aggressive. I am harassed and tailgaited for driving the speed limit. I can't imaging how terrifying it would be for a cyclist. Until a better infrastructure that accommodates cyclist safely can be made, how about creating jobs with traffic officers cracking down on violators? Motorists literally get away with murder.
So Hermes and Helena (assuming both are female) will be cycled into slavery, and Hecules will be killed and eaten, since, just like dairy cows, he is useless to the industry. I guess that's the "humane" aspect of the farm -- name the animals before you turn them into dinner. I just hate how Indy glorifies this.
I an really sick of people with multiple cats being automatically labeled a hoarder. And I am also sick of just a few people trying to help many animals. More people need to nudge their comfort zone just a bit and take in one more. But instead, those with big hearts (and usually small bank accounts) are the ones who take on "more than they can handle" in order to make up for irresponsible people who don't neuter their animals, and who think nothing of dumping their pet when it is no longer convenient. AND SPAY/NEUTER SHOULD BE FREE -- that is the most economical and humane way to deal with the issue.
And shame on the independent for this ill-attempt at an expose! How about you do something USEFUL like report on the huge number of high-kill shelters in the state? And the ones that still use gas chambers? And the employees of these shelters who don't give a rat's ass about adopting animals (the ones that actually DO adopt out animals) but collect their government pay-check, while volunteers are knocking themselves out trying to get animals out, and to homes or rescues. One very successful volunteer who gets cats out of the Robeson County shelter operates from the UK!
Anyway, I have known Siglinda for many years, have been to the Refuge, and have great admiration for her. Taking care of cats is not easy. They get illnesses that are just inherent in the species (like gum disease) that happens in households with even a couple cats! The Goathouse is an amazing place where cats are loved and have a wonderful life inside and out. From what I have seen, their needs always come first.
Any time you have an animal refuge/ sanctuary with employees and volunteers, you're going to have the same problems. There will always be personality differences and toes stepped on. All I can say is if those who complain think they can do a better job, PLEASE DO! Then the few folks who do all the work wouldn't have to deal with "overcrowding" and heartbreak.
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