PETA’s Selective Mission

Also known as, “Don’t Believe the Hype,” or “We Are More Into the Politics than the Animals,” or “People Encouraging Their own Agenda.”

Link to the article: PETA Offers Unconvincing Defense For The High Kill Rate In Its “Shelter”

Frankly, I was surprised that PETA operates a shelter.  PETA seems more interested in the vegan platform than in managing the issues of overpopulation of cats and dogs.  My expectation is that this represents a token effort to include a shelter on the checkbox of their accomplishments.

This article provides data about the PETA “Open Admission” shelter in Virginia which shows that PETA euthanizes an average of 65% of the animals it takes in – which is a rate of as much as 13 times the state rate (for dogs) and more than 11 times the state rate of euthanasia for cats.    65% – let that number sink in.  More than 6 out of every 10 animals delivered to this shelter are euthanized.

PETA does not dispute the findings – but tries to defend the statistics by saying that this shelter is an “open admission” shelter, as opposed to the much more selective “no kill” shelters.  (PETA ironically uses the term “safe place” where no animal is turned away, ever)  However, that claim is not supported by the facts.  In Virginia, the average euthanasia rate for all other “open admission” shelters is 14% (cats and dogs) compared with PETA’s shelter euthanasia rate at 65% (cats and dogs).

The moral of the story is – don’t take your pet (or your money) to PETA.  If they really cared about animals, they would spend more of their money actually saving animals – not euthanizing them.

Top Not-Corn Crops in Indiana

Found on Reddit – thanks to Calisto114.  Information has not been verified but appears to be accurate.  Also, note that this only refers to crop production – no information is provided regarding livestock.

Indiana is #4 in the nation for Mint production and #2 in the nation for popcorn (Indiana and Nebraska produce 55% of the nation’s popcorn)

Link to post:  Reddit – Non-Corn  Crops in Indiana

IRS Audit Rates

Just in time for Halloween:  Few things spook my clients more than an audit.  This just in from the IRS website:  The rates of audits based upon income levels.


** Returns that show no total positive income report zero or negative income. The negative income could be negative business income and/or capital losses. Returns with no TPI are filed by taxpayers in any of the income categories, and there is no prevalence of one over the other. These returns account for less than 0.5% of the individual filing population.

From IRS:  IRS Audit Rates Significantly Increase as Income Rises

 

Carbon Neutral Protein Production

Contrary to pop-culture belief, the Agriculture industry is constantly looking for ways to improve – to use fewer resources, to produce a better product (grain, animals, etc.), and to be more efficient.

Ag Web has a terrific article about how farmers are using different ways to move toward carbon-neutral production; in this article, specifically livestock (pig, chicken, cow).  The pork industry is looking toward a carbon-neutral pig by 2035 and the cattle industry is looking at 2050.

The Carbon-Neutral Pig and Chicken: The Pivotal Moment is Now

See also (long read):

Digital Technologies are Enabling a Carbon Neutral Pork Industry

Pork production in the US contributes more than $23B to the economy, about 25% of which is exported and accounts for less than 1/2 of 1%  of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the pork industry continues to seek ways to improve efficiencies and reduce production resource needs.

25 Definitive Tech Moments in 25 Years

From Fast Company – landmark events that shaped our online culture, access, and habits (click link below to the full article):

25 moments in tech that defined the past 25 years

It’s interesting to scroll down the list and see the progression of technology and how it invaded our lives and consciousness.  Those of us who are (ahem) a bit older might recall living through these achievements.

NOTE the video below – in 1996, AT&T offered 5 hours of FREE internet every month.

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