October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Audrey Aloysius, Director of Business with an international travel firm, has actively contributed to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In this entry, she describes her involvement with the organization and gives a brief account of its history.
My professional and personal experience with travel has exposed me to numerous cultures and ways of life. Common to all human society, however, is the need to promote animal welfare and eradicate senseless animal cruelty. This is the mission of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
RSPCA dates back to 1824, when it was founded by a gathering of 22 reformers in a coffee shop in London, England. Led by William Wilberforce, Reverend Arthur Broome, and Richard Martin, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first charity of its kind worldwide. In its first year, the Society brought 63 perpetrators of animal cruelty before the Courts. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave the society royal status, solidifying its place in England.
In the years since its inception, RSPCA has expanded its influence overseas, implementing a proactive effort in Europe, Asia, and Africa to benefit people and animals. This effort includes developing animal welfare projects with local partners and responding quickly to emergencies that include earthquakes and oil spills.
In the last 10 years, RSPCA has implemented over 100 training courses for animal welfare in 50 countries. They have also successfully advocated for animal welfare legislation in the European Union, banning cosmetic testing involving animals and halting unethical farming conditions.
RSPCA has, over the years and around the world, held true to its mission to “prevent cruelty by all lawful means, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of all animals.”
February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
After the exhausting preparations and emotional ups and downs of your wedding day, the honeymoon provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recharge and reconnect with your new spouse. Choosing a honeymoon destination that will appeal to both of you, fit into your budget, and provide memories that will see you through the high points and difficult moments of your life, gives you and your spouse-to-be the chance to discuss priorities and expectations.
Hawaii remains one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for newlyweds in the United States. This honeymoon destination offers such exciting possibilities as beautiful beaches, crystal clear surf, and exotic scenery. Moreover, Hawaii as includes the exhilaration of traditional luaus, surfing, snorkeling, and visiting volcanoes. If you have decided to select Hawaii as your honeymoon destination, consider whether or not you prefer to stay on more than one island. You can also pick a wonderful hotel as your center of operations instead, and just make day trips to destinations you want to visit.
Another very romantic honeymoon destination, Italy creates instant magic with its timeless magnificence and sensuous pleasures, including some of the best food and wine in the world. Potential honeymoon destinations include Rome, Tuscany, and Venice. If you prefer a honeymoon destination that allows you to while away the hours peacefully, it makes sense to pick one key city and avoid packing and unpacking, as well as the rigors of driving and taking trains.
If you enjoy the idea of seeing as much of Italy as possible, choose several cities as honeymoon destinations and embrace the notion of immersing yourself in the culture with travel and multiple experiences. There are scores of potential honeymoon destinations, each of which presents enticing potential for fun and romance. Take into account the experience you would like, do some research online, and choose a honeymoon destination that will provide immediate joy and lasting reminiscences.