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The granddaughter of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is at the forefront of another revolution for vegetarianism.
Lydia Guevara poses semi-nude in a PETA campaign that tells viewers to “join the vegetarian revolution,” said PETA spokesman Michael McGraw.
The print campaign is expected to debut in October in magazines and posters, McGraw said. It will be launched first in Argentina, where Che Guevara was born, and then internationally. PETA approached the 24-year-old in recent months after finding out she was a vegetarian, McGraw said.
It was one of the bright summer mornings when, while conducting our survey, we came across Mr. Anastasakis and Roza on the scooter. Instantly we knew that these participants of our Subsidised Neutering Project were a shining example of the changes within Greece! Therefore, it was decided that an article should be written about them and I arranged for an interview.
Mr. Anastasakis turned up for our interview, proudly leading Roza along by his side. The rope used is far from what many would call a lead but Roza doesn’t seem to be bothered, especially as she has a collar with her name engraved on it and a little pink ‘protection pendant’, a gift from the grandchildren!
We began discussing about dogs generally and I was informed by Mr. Anastasakis that people only used to keep dogs as guards, chained, or for hunting, always by the hunter’s side. ‘We never used to have strays’ he says, ‘they came only after people kept dogs as companions and it is a problem because they scare chickens and become a nuisance’.
Mr. Anastasakis told me of his daughter in law’s death and the fact that, after being left to roam during the aftermath of the funeral, his dog Rudy, never returned and was never found, despite the family’s long search…
Time went by and Mr. Anastasakis started feeding a little puppy which was wondering around with an older dog. He tried to stroke the little one, but too afraid, it always ran off. One day, when Mr. Anastasakis managed to finally catch the young one, after continuous food bribery, the owner came out to investigate. Apparently, the young stray had simply befriended the older owned dog. Without hesitation he asked whether he could take the little one and the couple agreed as long as it would be returned, should his wife not accept it.
Mrs. Anastasaki was reluctant to keep another dog as she had been through much grief after losing Rudy but, in the end, she gave in to Roza’s beautiful eyes. Roza was neutered and microchipped through the Subsidised Neutering Project and she is never left to roam without a lead. ‘Even if I leave her a bit without a lead, she always walks next to me… I would suggest neutering to everyone, it calms the animal even though she was a bit sad the first day or two, she is fine now’. Mr. Anastasakis went through the unpleasant experience of Roza having 2 unwanted puppies, despite him being very careful while she was in heat. Fortunately they found homes. ‘I would say to people to adopt a stray, they may be more work to begin with until they get used to you but they are more worth while’ he states, opposing the idea of paying for a dog.
Roza plays with her owner’s worry beads, spends time on his scooter being chauffeured around the village and plays with the grandchildren who have found their perfect company, as have Mr. & Mrs. Anastasaki!
In a visionary move, Sweden’s authorities have set out draft guidelines asking people to reduce their carbon footprint by eating less meat. The guidelines are quoted as saying: “Try to exchange one or two meat dishes a week against vegetarian meals or decrease the quantity of meat.”
It is reported that Sweden is sending its guidelines to other European countries to gauge their reaction – it will be very interesting indeed to see what reaction they get!
Our modern massive scale of meat and dairy production and consumption has harmful consequences for farm animals, the environment and for human health:
- We already slaughter 60 billion sentient farm animals a year for our food and that figure is predicted to double by 2050. The majority of the world’s pigs and chickens are already confined in factory farms. If we insist on increasing production, we condemn many more farm animals to lives of misery.
- Animal agriculture produces nearly a fifth of the global greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity – more than all the world’s transport. It is a heavy polluter and user of the world’s precious resources of grain and water.
- Increasingly, health experts are saying that a plant-based diet is better for your health. The World Cancer Research Fund advises a mainly plant-based diet low in red meat and avoiding processed meats.
A clear and positive solution is for wealthier countries to eat less meat and dairy.