Nutritional Facts

The Mama Cat Trust rescues and supports foxes, cats and other animals around London … and they’re looking for new volunteers

It’s quite amazing to think that we share our city with 10,000 foxes. As London’s boundaries have sprawled ever outwards they’ve gobbled up many rural habitats, leaving foxes with no choice but to swap their tweed jackets for skinny jeans, grow a beard, get a tattoo and try to make it in the big city. And with its sheltered gardens, expansive parks and easy food sources, London has provided the perfect environment for the urban fox to thrive.

But city living and daily contact with humans has brought its share of problems for our vulpine neighbours. Besides the diseases and car accidents, even worse has been the misinformation that has led to many unnecessary culls. Contrary to what some think, foxes are classified as wild animals not vermin. Far from being pests, experts believe that they play an important part in London’s eco-system – keeping rodent numbers down.

Fortunately, there are groups like the Mama Cat Trust dedicated to educating people about these beautiful animals and rescuing them from harm. Originally established to rescue and humanely neuter stray cats in Spain, the North London-based organisation has found itself increasingly responding to the needs of animals closer to home.

Last year, the Trust’s Founder, Karen Heath, spearheaded a campaign to save a family of (clearly educationally-minded) foxes who had made a home for themselves in the grounds of an Islington primary school… perhaps just trying to game the admissions policy? The school planned to bring in exterminators on health and safety grounds. But Karen’s campaign mobilised 200 supporters – including teachers and parents – causing the school to reverse its plans and explore more humane deterrent methods.

Since then, foxes have been an ever more important part of Karen’s work. She now runs monthly meet-ups in Holloway for those interested in learning or becoming rescue volunteers. Karen is also hoping to raise enough money to turn her voluntarily-run group into a full charity, so animal lovers looking for a good fundraising cause for their next charitable adventure might want to consider this as an option.

If you want to get involved with the Trust’s work, the next meeting is on 18th September at 7:30pm in Holloway. Car owners are especially welcomed as many foxes need to be transported to safety but for those without transport, there are other things that can be done to help.…

Nutritional Facts

Health is on everyone’s minds these days. We want to be healthy and live longer and put only good things into our bodies. That can be hard if we don’t have the nutritional facts of what is in the food that we are putting in our bodies. Sure, most things you buy at the store have labels, but first you need to learn how to read them. And what about all those things that don’t have labels, like gummy bears and McDonalds burgers and fries? The fact of the matter is that in these busy times eating out is a part of most of our lives. Finding the nutritional facts about what we eat is essential to our health.

First, you’ll want to learn how to read labels on the food that you buy in the store. You’ll want to ask yourself what is important? What do those numbers mean to me? How can I tell if a company is being sneaky on their label? Learning how to read the ingredients is important as well. You may think something is relatively healthy until you look at the ingredients and find out that sugar is the first or second thing on the list. What does that mean? The higher an ingredient is on the list, the more of it is showing up in that food product. The thing that is first on a list of ingredients has the biggest portion of this food’s content. When you know about nutritional facts like these you can make better decisions about what to fuel your body with.

But how do you find nutritional facts for those things that don’t have labels on them? Many fast food restaurants provide a hand-out of the nutritional facts in their stores. If you don’t happen to think of it the next time you indulge in a little fast food, you can look online. You can find up-to-date information online that will give you nutritional facts on your favorite unlabeled food item. And that isn’t just fast food. You can find thousands upon thousands of nutritional facts lists from manufacturers that produce the items that you use every day.

Knowing the nutritional facts about what you are feeding yourself and your family can help you to make more informed decisions when you are grocery shopping or when you are eating out. It can help you find up-to-date nutritional information on your favorite snacks and overall, will make you feel better in your everyday activities.