To The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey That Left Their Pets Behind

To The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey That Left Their Pets Behind

The lives of our pets are not more important than our lives, but they still deserve a voice, and to not be left behind.

Dear Victims of Hurricane Harvey,

Let me start by saying how incredibly sorrowful I am for what you are all having to go through. I am praying for you every day, and I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. No one deserves a tragedy such as this, and I am truly sorry that y'all are having to go through something so terrible.

I know there has been a lot of negativity on social media about the victims of Harvey that left their pets behind. No one can truly judge you from the outside looking in since they have no right to judge, and they are also not experiencing the tragedy that you all are experiencing. I completely understand that some of you felt as if you would have less of a chance in finding shelter for you and your families if you have pets. I totally understand that you put your families, and especially children, before your pets.

However, with that being said, I do believe that even in tragedy, our pets are still our responsibility. They depend on us. Domesticated animals are not meant to be thrown into the "wild" and survive on their own. Sure, they do still have some of their instincts but that is not enough to rely on for their survival. When you get a pet, you are making a commitment. You are saying that you will be their provider and protector until they are no longer in your care.

I know in times of danger and tragedy it is hard to think about your pets. That is probably the last thing on your mind... but it shouldn't be. If you don't want the responsibility, then it is as simple as not getting a pet.

The images of animals tied to trees and structures, left to drown in the storm, made me incredibly sad. Being a college student I can't, but I seriously wanted to drive to Texas and save them all so those animals would never have to feel unwanted ever again. I can not even imagine what went through their heads as their own owners left them to die.

I have never experienced true tragedy in my life thankfully, but even in times like that I don't believe I could leave my pets behind and live with myself. They are family to me, my babies.

So please, even in the worst of times, give your pets some thought. Please don't leave them behind. If you don't feel as if you can take care of them, get them to an organization that can.

For those of you who are taking care of not only your animals, but also rescuing the ones left behind, you are true heroes. Thank you so much for taking up for the little guys that depend on us humans.

All in all, it is a terrible thing that has happened to Texas. I pray for you every day and I encourage anyone that can to help in any way that they can. Also, a little disclaimer, I am in no way saying that the lives of pets are more important than the lives of people. I just feel as if sometimes when tragedy strikes, people are the only ones that get thought of. Sometimes our animals get overlooked, and I believe that they deserve a voice.

Prayers sent and God Bless.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

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7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

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Thousands More Dead In Puerto Rico From Hurricane Maria Than Expected

Study Puts Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Near 5,000

Last September, a powerful Hurricane hit Puerto Rico, causing widespread destruction and the complete collapse of the island's grid system. Afterwards, the government of the island, with assisstance from the US Federal Government, began to assess and rebuild the damage, and announced the death toll to be 64. However, reports began to arising contradicitng this statement, as many people reported more causilities than the official count. The magnitude of the destruction proved to be worse than It is very simple. expected. Approximately 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico in 2017 for reasons related to September's Hurricane Maria, according to a study that dismisses the "official death toll of 64 as a massive underestimate."

A research team led by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health didn't simply attempt to count dead bodies in the wake of the powerful storm, they surveyed randomly chosen households and asked the occupants about their experiences, as the government had begun to appear useless in accuratly determining the death toll.

From that approach, they concluded that between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31, 2017, there were 4,645 "excess deaths" — that is, deaths that would not have occurred if the island hadn't been plunged into a prolonged disaster following the devastating storm.

The magnitide of the government's failure to track the death toll and assess the destruction is for shown by how Harvard's study was not the only study whom of which, had come up with higher estimates than which is stated by the government. CNN surveyed funeral homes after the storm and tallied 499 hurricane-related deaths. The New York Times compared official death records from September and October 2017 and found more than 1,000 excess deaths, compared with the average for 2015 and 2016. Researchers at Penn State University used death certificates to come up with a similar estimate.

Many of these deaths could have easily been prevented had the government acted more effectively, but it sadly didn't. However, they need to be held accountable for their poor handling of a natural disaster and mistreatment of a U.S. territory, and the media needs to be held accountable for completely ignoring the suffering of American citizens.

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