Having studied animal welfare for 5 years, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is a piece of UK legislation that I am more than familiar with. However, it has taken a few of those years to gain an understanding of what everything means. Therefore, I am writing up a simplified version using simple language to help others who may be questioning the legality of others actions.
Our world produces 3.5 million tons of plastic waste a day, and that doesn't include any other kind of waste. The average American produces around 6 pounds of trash a day. There is approximately 15 billion tons of trash in our oceans and only 14% of the oceans ecosystems are undamaged. These facts are scary and there are plenty of other facts about how we are killing our planet. As a young person, seeing how destroyed our planet is already and how so few are doing something about it makes me wonder if there is any hope for us to restore it.
In 1970 I was a 13 year old black teen heading to 8th grade. This was the first year of integration and I was apptehesive, The school bus picked me and the other children up and drove us across town. Previously I could walk to the elementary and junior high I had attended, but now I was forced to take the bus. This was new and exciting yet intimidating. I had no idea how this was going to turn out but soon reality kicked in.
It has been upsetting to hear about the bushfires that have been happening around Australia. In Melbourne I feel removed from the bushfires that have been happening, yet I have heard even in my state of Victoria the bushfires have been causing serious damage. I also recently heard the frequently documented statistic that millions of animals were burned in the fires, and this has now been updated to be closer to one billion. The situation has become dire and catastrophic. It was declared a 'state of disaster' in Victoria and a 'state of emergency' in New South Wales. There were other alarming statistics which demonstrated how bad the fires have been.
An Open Letter to Sophia L Thomas
The anti-abortion movement in Washington makes me cringe. This is mainly for two reasons. One, as a human, I am absolute in a woman's right to choose. Two, as a physician, my education allows me to recognize the unintended consequences of advocating against this, and it so happens, this topic falls in my lane. Yet those who are trying to dictate a woman's right to choose are not physicians and, more positively, rarely women. The issue of woman's health rights, within the political arena, is not for a matter of personal opinion. Rather a place for discussion aimed to find policies that place women in control of their reproductive health. Instead, your version of a woman's right to choose is nothing more than a curtain of lies concealing misogynistic behaviors aimed at creating policies that place women out of the control of their reproductive health. By law, you are no more in control of a woman's arm or the words that come out of her mouth (like mine today) then you are of her uterus. Yet, you use your political position to push agendas that aim to place subjective opinion above objective scientific evidence. This is an unsafe way to operate Senator. Bad business, indeed.
Start There are certain people who think that equality is just a myth made up by people who just want to make noise, trying to grasp at something that is too far off to be reached, and fooling people into thinking that this is achievable. I have seen so much in the short time I have been in this world, but what I have seen is enough to make me wonder where this world is headed and what will be left when we get there. Equality is not just a pipe dream that has been passed down from generation to generation, it is something that is desperately needed in order for the world to have a chance at surviving.
We're taught about climate change in schools, we've seen increasing intensity in natural disasters, extinction of some extraordinary species and the radical impact deforestation is having on nearly all areas of the globe. Obviously, these signs have been ignored by world leaders and a business as usual approach has prevailed.
Dear whoever finds this letter,