Romania: Meet ‘Edd’ – Can You Help With A Donation For His Treatment ?

Dear friends,

we desperately need your help again… A week ago we found Edd, an old greyhound, sick and abandoned like garbage… Even if we did not have a place to keep him or the money for the medical treatment, we could not ignore him.

He was running among the cars, shivering with fear at any noise or any person that came near him.  He proved to be extraordinary gentle and patient, and after we saw how he behaved, we realized that he had lived in an apartment. He was somebody’s dog…

We took him to the vet and his age was estimated at 12 years. He walks slowly and has difficulties in standing up, probably the reason why he was abandoned. We took him blood tests (Wednesday we will have the results), treatment for external parasites (full of ticks), started the treatment for the back and he will be on medication for arthritis and age support. We will also need to take Xrays (probably 3 pcs because he is big) and echo.

The total cost for investigations, treatment (Alflutop, Milgamma, Omega, Bomazeal and natural supplements), and good quality food are estimated at 207 euro.

Donation can be made by paypal (, in the Asociatia Red Panda account RO72 PIRB 4237 7350 1300 1000, Piraeus Bank, or directly at Praxis Vetlife (str V. Stroescu nr 21, Bucharest) with the mention for Edd.

If he gets through all this alright, Edd has the chance to spend his last months or years in an experienced home, that deals with old greyhounds. He will be loved and appreciated, but we need first to help him and get him ready.

Look at him, a poor doggy abandoned in a big world, full of dangers. Think of your animals at home and imagine how would they feel if suddenly on the street. This is how Edd feels now, sad and disoriented, because he does not understand what is happening to him. Please help him, please be with him in this tough period.

If you are in Bucharest you can visit him anytime at the adoption center, Barbu Vacarescu 164 street. He would be happy too know that people care and love him!
Thank you!

The True Cost of a Hamburger. Very Interesting Video.

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Written by Brian Merchant

On average, Americans eat three burgers a week. That may sound surprising in statistic form, but it squares pretty evenly with our nation’s fast food infatuation.

It’s also the very first factoid presented in this neat little video, ‘the Hidden Cost of Hamburgers’, from the Center for Investigative Reporting (the same folks who did the great ‘Hidden Cost of Gas’) that seeks to educate viewers about the true cost of our beefy eating habits.
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A hamburger may cost you like 99 cents at Wendy’s, but there are a slew of additional costs that those beef pattied buns impose on society at large—environmental impacts of beef production, extra health care costs for obesity-related issues, etc. As such, CIR calculates that every burger costs us an additional $1.51 in hidden costs, which adds up to $72 million in extra costs a year.

The group explains at its website: (via Grist)

We looked at a range of ways beef is produced and came up with an average that is close to how a cow would be raised in Fresno, Calif.: about 1 pound of greenhouse gases per ounce of beef, or about 6½ pounds of greenhouse gases per quarter-pounder. We looked at studies that showed the health costs of treating overweight people and associated illnesses, such as high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes — that’s about 75 cents per burger. Then we looked at how much water it takes to produce a pound of beef — that’s about 50 cents per burger.

We also looked at the price of a ton of carbon — that’s remarkably small for the U.S., less than one-hundredth of a penny. But in the European Union, because it has a functioning carbon market, the price would be about a nickel per burger. Daniel Lopez Dias, the lead economist on the calculations, notes that these figures are conservative and don’t include effects from air and water pollution, effects of low wages that slaughterhouse workers receive and the high risk of injury they face, or general effects of urban sprawl.

The point is, of course, that those costs don’t cut into the fast food companies and industrial-scale ranchers’ profit margins; instead, the public absorbs the true price of hamburgers.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.
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