australia label

Hey, this is a problem

For those of you who aren’t Australian, and for many Australians, the above image may not be too shocking to you. Coming from a place who’s popular culture is so heavily influenced by American culture, it can be easy to celebrate Australia Day in the same way that American celebrate ‘American (Independence) Day’. But the reality is not this way at all. In simple terms, Australia Day is the Australian equivalent of Thanks giving. It celebrates the landing of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, and as a result, the beginning of the colonisation of Australia. 

However, as is the case with Thanksgiving, there is political baggage that comes with it. This day is more than just the day that Australia was discovered, because it was absolutely discovered before. It is, instead, the day that colonies began to form, and was the first step in a long line of actions that systematically steal from, destroy land of, and hurt the First Nation people of Australia. By seeing this day as the be all to end all event to reflect on good Australian history, and our various accomplishments, we undermine the awful things we’ve done. Even to simply say that people should reflect on the bad, won’t change the history of celebration the day brings.

But here’s also the thing. Australia does have an independence day. Which, in reality, would be a way better day to celebrate the accomplishments of us as a people. The British Colonies of Australia form a Federation on January 1st 1901, and truly I think if we were to celebrate in accordance with America, we should be more inclined to do it then. But, this is not the only proposed option

May 8 has been proposed by many, many people as the day to celebrate. And why not? It sounds like the word Mate. It’s as good and arbitrary a reason as any to celebrate. And in this life of truly meaningless events, why not just choose the day that literally sounds the best. Honestly.

But ultimately, it’s something that needs to change. We, as a nation, have done many great things, but with that needs to come an understanding of the bad. We can understand the reflect on both, but to undermine the bad purely for the sake of the good will solve nothing. By changing Australia Day, we can show that we are capable of look at ourselves, and our history and admitting the sins of our fathers and that we are willing to make good of them. That progress can be made.


I recognise that many people won’t see this as a huge issue, but I implore you to share ti regardless. The fact that Australia Day is falsely labelled as Australian Independence Day and have been dubbed ‘Invasion’ or ‘Survival Day’ shows a serious backlash against these celebrations. I also recognise that Australia Day means a lot to a lot of Australians. There is nostalgia that comes with it, and to take that away, or pass it aside can hurt. But we need to recognise that in changing the day we celebrate and realising the reality of Australian History, we don’t take away those moments. They still happened, and they still can be enjoyed, but they are no reason to keep hurting so many people. 

DAN HOWELL PAINTED HIS FUCKING NAILS

AND HES HAPPY
AND HES GROWN UP
AND HE DOESNT GIVE A FUVK ABOUT SOCIETY’S REPRESENTATION OF GENDER ROLES
LET HIM BE
DONT LABEL HIM
LET HIM BE DAN
DAN HOWELL
THE BOY WHO CHANGED FROM THE SHY CLOSED OFF BEAN TO THE OPEN AND MAN SMASHING GENDER ROLE KILLER HE IS.

IM FUCKING CRYING IM SO HAPPY

FIVE YEARS, 1825+ DAYS AND HE STILL, NEVER FAILS TO MAKE ME PROUD

h42el  asked:

What do you look for when searching for a quality commercial kibble? Any ingredients that are red flags? We're on the hunt again. (1yo 8.6kg sighthound, in case it matters)

The only ingredient that’s a red flag for me is garlic.

We know garlic and allium species like onions are toxic to dogs. This is actually a fact. Garlic is not as toxic as onions but it can still cause haemolytic anaemias when fed either in a single massive dose, or long term low doses. Anyone who decided they ‘know better’ and added it into a dog food ‘for vitamins’ is a bit suss.

There are certain words that are red flags though. 'Organic’ means absolutely nothing on dog food, 'natural’ likewise means nothing and is most likely a marketing ploy.

Grain Free is a marketing ploy on the back of the trend in human diets to suddenly avoid gluten. I do think there is a benefit to having gluten free pets if you yourself must be gluten free, because they share our space so intimately (sleeping in beds, licking fur and rubbing against us or licking faces), but for most dogs and cats the whole anti-grain/wheat/corn thing means nothing. Some Irish Setters, some Border Terriers and IBD or food allergy dogs may be the exception, but most of the time I just can’t be bothered arguing about it. If the pet’s on grain free and doing fine, so be it.

A adult dog needs the following macro nutrients by dry matter: protein 20-25% fat 5-10% and maximum of 65% carbohydrates, which included non-digestible fibre for stool bulk. A young dog may cope with higher protein levels, as may a dog in a lot of work, but they’re not always necessary.

In terms of micro-nutrients, you’re going to have a lot of work if you want to analyse all of them. Getting the calcium:phosphorus ratio right is critical in growing animals. Vitamin D changes how these minerals are optimised. There are dozens of micronutrients that matter, and I’m not going into all of them.

“Complete and Balanced” on a pet food label in Australia means that these micronutrients are all present (Complete) and in the correct ratios (Balanced). This is a useful shortcut. Look in the supermarket for how many pet foods or treats are complete, but not balanced.

There’s a huge amount of work you can do to compare, if you chose to. Myself, I did a bunch of comparisons years ago and go with brands I trust as shortcuts (and nothing that says dogs are really wolves, paints my profession as evil or appeals to emotion over science). Life stage and size specificity is a big plus, as long as there is actually a nutritional difference between the foods. The cheapest dog food brand in the supermarket when I last checked had zero nutritional difference between 'adult’ and 'puppy’, which is less than useless.

Also helpful if it’s manufactured in your country, as less likely to be supply issues.

Short version:
Complete and Balanced
Lifestage and size appropriate

Oh, and vitamin C means nothing nutritionally for dogs and cats. They make their own. It is used as a natural preservative though, so anything advertised as 'lots of vitamin C’ is appealing to the human, not the pet.