Eva Armstrong made the decision to leave her Wall Street job so she could rescue dogs from kill shelters.
Before starting the rescue, Eva admits she was a workaholic and was focused largely on money. She found her drive to make money unfulfilling and knew in her heart that she wanted to be with dogs. This realization would later lead to the creation of Eva’s Play Pups.
Located in Pennsylvania, Eva’s Play Pups is a 52-acre farm that hosts dogs for boarding, daycare, and allows rescue dogs the space and environment to heal.
Eva brings dogs from Brooklyn four times per week to her rescue where they’re free to run, swim, play, and rest. It’s a new beginning for many of the dogs, after coming from harsh shelter conditions.
It can be hard on Eva emotionally. There are always dogs that she didn’t have the chance to save – but she tries to focus on the work she’s doing and the dogs she’s helping.
Eva seems to be really happy in her decision to quit her Wall Street career and open the dog rescue. It’s not hard to tell many dogs are happy she made that decision, too.
Staff from The Vegan Insider spoke with a professional crabber (we’ll call him Steve) to get the inside scoop on the crabbing industry.
First, Steve notes that many fishermen turn to drugs to cope with the long hours and brutal work. “Short days are 8-10 hours. Long days are 12-24 hours. That doesn’t include the 6-7 hour drive we take to get to the dock.”
He continues, saying, “A lot of people become tweaks too. Trying to keep up with hours, they turn to heroin and meth and cocaine. Before our boatmate cut off his hand, he was a druggie. He’d do [hard] drugs right on the boat while we crabbed.” When asked about his boatmates hand getting cut off, he replied, “A lot of fishermen get their hands mashed, they get caught in this thing and become unusable,” (though, in this particular case, it happened off the boat).
Further, Steve confided that they get a lot jellyfish all over their faces and it burns their eyes really bad. On top of that, on most boats, you have to poop in a bucket. Professional crabbing isn’t for the faint of heart and it certainly isn’t “easy money.” It’s important to reflect on the harsh reality that faces crabbers and fishermen when disucssing the issue.
When asked about the other sea life and birds, Steve reported, “We have to separate the females and the males [crabs]. We throw out bait and seagulls come and we would [sometimes] throw the older, larger females at the seagulls and try to knock them out.”
He continued, “Last trip, we caught 3 seagulls in this big salmon net. We broke their necks and put them in the crab pots for bait.” It’s not just crabs and fish that are impacted by crabbing. “I hear a lot of people shoot seals, during the salmon season a lot of people shoot the seals with a shotgun because they steal the fish and it’s a lot of money they steal. Some people shoot them year-round though, just for fun but our boat doesn’t do that.”
“We catch lingcod, halibut, squids, jellyfish, rockfish in the crab pots. We throw most fish back; if they’re small we’ll just put a bait pin through their eye and clip them to the crab pot.”
Coronavirus Impacts Crabbing
“We’re getting paid half as much because they can’t export to china and china is a huge buyer of crabs. Currently, we’re getting paid $4 instead of $8 per pound. Last trip we caught 500 pounds, but that’s really crappy. This year, we’re averaging around 800-1200 pounds per trip and this a crappy season.”
“We might lose our buyer. We don’t know why for sure, but we think it’s because of the coronavirus and not being able to export to China. If that happens, we won’t be able to fish and we won’t have jobs until the coronavirus blows over and buyers are buying again. Or at least we won’t be making money.”
It’s easy as vegans to be so mad about the price of crab. Fisherman, as a whole, are extremely disrespectful to the wildlife. With one small boat pulling in 1200 pounds of crab, plus jellyfish, squid, and other fish, over a few day span in an OFF season, imagine the impacts of the worldwide fishing industry on the oceans and wildlife. It’s hard to fathom.
But, these people are not “bad” people. For the most part, they’re hard-working people trying to make an honest living. And as we’re seeing by the impacts of the coronavirus and losing our ability to export to China, when the demand is lost, the job is lost. So long as there is demand, there will be fishermen working to meet it.
What can we do to make an impact?
Crab is a bit of a delicacy for many. It’s used a lot in fine-dining and sushi. If we can change the public view of crab, we can make a massive difference. If we can get high-end restaurants and chefs to stop supporting the use of crab, the public may follow-suit.
Reach out to fine-dining restaurants, like Lazy Bear, and applaud them for their vegan options. Reach out to vegan chefs, like Charity Morgan, and praise their efforts.
With the recent coronavirus pandemic, schools are closing and people are being forced (or choosing ) to work from home. Those who are still headed to the office every day may end up working from home in the near future, depending on how things progress.
Going from office life to working at home can be quite the change for many people. A lot of people really value those water cooler chats and social time with their colleagues.
But, a major benefit of working from home is being able to spend all day, every day in the company of our pets!
Ney Worker Rae Paoletta started a Twitter thread, asking people to share pictures of their “co-workers.”
She said, “For a story: I am putting together a roundup of pets keeping their humans company as folks work from home. Send me pics of your ‘co-workers’ — I think we could all use some cute pet pics rn.”
Work from home employees flooded her thread with adorable photos of their “co-workers” both helping and hindering their workflow. Check it out for yourself:
Dish says, “Here’s the lowdown: the person who lands the gig will have 9 days to watch 15 hours of The Office (roughly 45 episodes). As you’re watching, you’ll need to complete a checklist that tallies the number of common tropes that occur throughout each episode.
For instance, how many times does Stanley roll his eyes at the camera? How often does Phyllis talk about Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration? The goal is to help us understand how often sitcoms repeat popular tropes. We’ll provide you with general guidelines to track your experience, but in true Kelly Kapoor fashion, we also want you to share your unfiltered opinions and reactions on social media.”
In addition to the $1,000 cash, the participant will also get a “Winners Kit” with The Office swag, a Netflix gift card, and the freedom to complete the “job” from the comfort of your home.
If you want a chance to win, you’ll need to apply by Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 5PM MST.
The application involves all the basic stuff, like your name, email, occupation, etc., and a description of why you’re the biggest Office fan! To increase your odds of winning, you’re encouraged to submit a video clip as well, highlighting why you deserve The Office Dream Job.
Just Pizza & Wing Co. in Amherst, New York is not only featuring flyers with information about a shelter dog on each pizza box but also offering a $50 gift card to their restaurant for anyone who adopts a dog from the flyers.
According to CNN, the idea originally came from Mary Alloy who was involved with the Niagara Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Mary Alloy worked with SPCA staff to create new ways for animals to get noticed and adopted.
According to CNN, “‘Kimberly texted me one night and was like, ‘Hey, what would you think about putting pictures of the dogs on pizza boxes?’ and I just couldn’t wait,’ Alloy said. ‘We are all animal lovers here, so I got permission from the franchise to do it and immediately got to work.'”
Not only did the story go viral but Just Pizza and Wings Co., had a boost in sales and a dog was adopted from the flyer!
Other companies are taking on similar campaigns and promotions, featuring pets looking for their forever homes on product packaging. Papa Louie’s Italian Kitchen & Motocross Cafe in Ohio is one of the businesses offering a similar campaign, among others.
Many would agree, ideas like this not only help business but also adoption rates! We would love to see more shelters and businesses take this idea and run. All it takes is one person and a little effort to present the idea to your local community.
A Scottish brewery, BrewDog, has announced they will be offering their employees, currently staffed at ~1,000, with a paid week of “pawternity” leave for staff who get a new dog.
“We are introducing Puppy Parental Leave across our company,” they said on their blog. They continued, saying, “we know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both. So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”
Brewdog is based in Scotland but has recently expanded to the United States, with a shop opening in Columbus, Ohio this month (February 20th, 2020). It’s the first company in the United States to offer pawternity benefits, though not the first in the United Kingdom.
“This brand new pooch-based perk will be available to all BrewDog crewmembers across the globe, including those joining our ship Stateside as part of BrewDog Columbus,” says their blog announcement.
While the pawternity program seems to be doing well in Scotland, it’s still really new for their Ohio location, having just opened a week ago. I, for one, cannot wait to see how this goes!