Above, Thompson from the cat shelter. Isn’t he sweet? Last Sunday he almost got adopted – the lady was stroking his face, with me next to her saying ‘Err… he is a bit antsy with people you know…although he has come a long way’ (which is volunteer talk for watch out, he might swipe at you, but please consider adopting him anyway…I needn’t have been concerned though, he was as good as gold and very appreciative of being petted!).
In other news, my MP sent me a letter saying that animal welfare was ‘a high priority’ for them, having campaigned for ‘an end to the trade in cat and dog fur, defending the UK’s ban on the live export of British horses for slaughter and toughening up the rules on transport of animals’. Which is nice to know. Apparently, if wild animals were banned in circuses in Britain now, ‘it could be challenged in both British and European courts’. Which doesn’t make an awful lot of sense- after all, Greece managed to ban animal circuses without any challenges from European courts. My MP goes on to explain that ‘ultimately taxpayers would foot the bill for defending a legal challenge’ and as such, ‘the Government has to verify the legal status’ before going ahead. Fingers crossed that the ban goes ahead in any case!
Yesterday I saw a very frustrating video on BBC newsnight, regarding the pitiful salaries of supermarket workers (e.g. people who stack shelves) in supermarkets like Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. I was upset to hear that the workers were paid just over minimum wage, but they weren’t paid a living wage. A living wage refers to a wage that meet the basic needs of a worker; the wages that were paid by the supermarket giants simply weren’t meeting these needs because they were too low. As such, supermarket workers were supplementing their wages from state benefits i.e. the taxpayer. Effectively, the taxpayer is subsidising the supermarket giants which generate £4 billion profits between them annually, which goes to CEOs and stakeholders, instead of being shared out fairly among the workers. One of my dreams in life is to stop buying from supermarkets altogether; instead I would like to rely on farmer’s markets, independent sellers and buying in bulk from suppliers. There are many other reasons that I don’t like big supermarkets – I think they have very little respect for workers, farmers, consumers, animal welfare, zero waste and the environment.