Understanding the US Animal Welfare Act of 1966

Back in 1966, the Animal Welfare Act, which was originally named the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act, was enacted in the U.S. This was federal government’s response to the growing issue of the rampant use of animals for research and testing.

There was also a substantial public outcry over the reported increasing thefts of pet dogs and cats that were ultimately sold to research facilities.

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The law initially did not address how the animals are supposed to be used for research purposes, but it focused more on setting standards as to how the animals are to be obtained and humanely cared for in the facilities.

The law also covered just a few kinds of animals, namely, dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits.

Throughout the decades, however, the law has seen a series of amendments that expanded its coverage and provisions. The first amendment was made in 1970, when the definition of “animals” was broadened to include all warm-blooded animals, with the exception of farm animals.

Amendments to the law, which numbered eight, to be exact, have been made with the intention of providing the widest coverage of protection, which includes transportation, handling, research practices, and even psychological enrichment, possible for animals used in research and exhibition.

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Understanding the US Animal Welfare Act of 1966

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Fulfilling One Wish At a Time

Petroleum Wholesale is not just about providing customers an easier way to gas up or to feel at home while they’re on the road. The company is also about promoting and developing relationships with surrounding communities. Employees of the company work with various local and international organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation aims to bring joy to children suffering from life-threatening diseases by making one of their wishes come true. It started in 1980 with the help of Chris, a seven-year-old child with leukemia. Chris dreamt of being a police officer who wanted to catch the bad guys with his friend, former U.S. Customs Agent and Make-A-Wish co-founder Tommy Austin. People wanted to support Austin’s call for making Chris happy, and a lot of people went out of their way to make a police uniform for the child. There were also friends who set up battery-powered motorcycles for Chris’ complete getup.

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But Chris had to go back to the hospital the next day. Chris loved what his friends prepared for him and gave the people who have done so much for him a beautiful smile. Sadly, Chris died.

The first official Make-A-Wish kid was Bopsy. He was much like Chris, but he had three wishes: to go to Disneyland, be a firefighter, and to ride a hot air balloon. Bopsy also passed away, but his mother thought the gesture was meaningful for her child.

People who want to volunteer for the cause may visit the Make-A-Wish website for more information.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation: Fulfilling One Wish At a Time

Flavorful Destinations: Going On a Road Trip For Savory Local Produce

Going on a food-themed road trip is an excellent way to relax and discover the local products of the USA. During harvest season, towns and villages celebrate their harvest with vibrant festivals, featuring various activities, music, food, and drinks. Plus, some landscapes are at their finest during peak season. Hence, it is not only important to plan where to go but also when to go. Read on to discover flavorful destinations for a food-themed road trip:

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Vermont: For cheese lovers out there, the Vermont Cheese Trail is the way to go. The trail starts from Bennington to Middlebury and then moves on to Burlington. July is the best time to go, with the onset of the Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival. You can enjoy the famous Vermont cheddar, feta, goat cheese, and ewe’s milk cheese.

If you have a sweet tooth, Vermont has a maple syrup season from March until mid-April. You will surely enjoy viewing sugarhouses at Bragg Farm and indulge in desserts featuring maple syrup in Montpelier’s Morse Farm. Lastly, adults might also want to visit Quechee for the premium Vermont Gold Vodka of Vermont Spirits.

Mississipi: From April to June, you can enjoy the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival. Do your best to come early to purchase fresh shrimp.

Arizona: The Schnepf Farms in the Mesa region celebrates Peach Blossom Festival from February to early March. You will bask in the vast farm’s beauty and aroma by walking around or taking a train or hay ride.

Pennsylvania: The Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum hold the “Harvest Days with the Pumpkin Patch” every October in which people can pick their own pumpkins and decorate them. Around the same month, Lititz’ Chocolate Walk is also held, allowing visitors to meet chocolatiers, listen to live music, and taste various chocolate treats while touring the shops.

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Petroleum Wholesale provides premium gas and diesel lubricants and runs retail stores in nine states throughout the US. For more information on retail stops for your next road trip, visit this website.

Flavorful Destinations: Going On a Road Trip For Savory Local Produce

Revving Up for a Road Trip: Essential Tips For a Long Car Journey

Road trips are always fun and exciting because of the endless number of cool places you can stop by. But before going on a long drive, planning and preparation are necessary. Here are some of the must-do’s before you hit the road and embark on a road trip:

Plan your route. Once you are set on your driving destination, the next thing to do is to plan your route. Take into consideration your personal preferences and priorities. Do you want to save money? Are you interested to see attractions on the way? Or do you just care about getting to your destination as quickly as possible? Answering these questions will help you decide the route that best fits your needs.

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Check your car. Make sure to provide your car with some basic maintenance. Check your car’s fluids, hoses, belts, and tires to be certain that the vehicle is in perfect working order. Enlist the services of a competent mechanic to verify your car’s condition.

Pack the essentials. Bring snacks and drinks to keep you fueled throughout your trip. Bring a map and make sure your mobile devices are fully charged. Don’t forget to bring a camera as well so you can capture those picture-perfect travel moments.


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Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Bring some fun games and lively music to keep you and your buddies entertained. Road trips are fantastic opportunities to bond with friends and explore new places. As long as you are prepared, you will surely have a safe and fun journey.

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Revving Up for a Road Trip: Essential Tips For a Long Car Journey

Keeping It Cool: How to Avoid Engine Overheating

Summer is fast approaching and the heat it brings may cause car engines, without proper auto care and management, to overheat. There are various situations such as cooling system leaks, bad thermostat, faulty radiator, and many more that can cause engine overheating.

The malfunction indicator light of “temperature” on the dashboard casts a glow when engine overheating is imminent. Left alone, the liquid in the radiator boils over and smoke eventually escapes from under the hood. To avoid this unpleasant situation, here are some tips:

1. Get a new battery
It is advisable to replace a three-year old battery as a preventive maintenance. The older the battery gets, the more it can get stressed easily in extreme temperatures.

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2. Turn off the air conditioner
If the temperature light starts to glow, turn the air conditioner off immediately and open the windows. If the light stays on, turn the temperature control to the hottest setting to redirect some heat trapped in the cooling system.

3. Fresh coolant
Equip the auto with fresh coolant to prepare for the summer. The radiator must also be checked for corrosion.

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4. Bring water
Remember to keep a huge jug of water in the car. It can come in handy when a radiator leak happens.

5. Have the cooling service checked
Make sure bring the car to a mechanic or dealer to make sure that the air conditioner system is working right. Do this once a year or once in two years.

Petroleum Wholesale LP is a privately owned motor fuel distributor, which also has refueling and maintenance stops attached to a layout of retail shops. For more information about its services, visit this website.

Keeping It Cool: How to Avoid Engine Overheating

Super Sandwiches: The History of Subway

No other food chain in the world has grown as fast as Subway. There are now over 40,000 Subway stores in the world. They are the most franchised fast food chain in the United States. This colossal corporation, however, originated from very humble beginnings.

It all started as a way for young Fred DeLuca to pay for medical school. After a loan and a partnership deal with Dr. Peter Buck, DeLuca embarked on a journey that would forever alter the fast food universe. Bridgeport, Connecticut, saw the very first Subway branch open its doors to the public in August of 1965. After picking up the basics of being a business owner, DeLuca continued to forge ahead, opening another 15 shops by their ninth year in business.

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In 1974, DeLuca and Buck decided to franchise their brand, not knowing how staggering the growth of Subway would be. Less than a year later, over 14 more shops were opened through franchising. Four years later, Subway welcomed its 100th branch. By 1987, 1,000 stores were operating all throughout the world. In 1998, the company opened its 10,oooth store.

Subway now has over $9 billion in yearly profits. Not bad for a young man who wanted to pay for medical school.

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Super Sandwiches: The History of Subway

The Road Less Traveled: Vacationing with Pets

There are many options for vacationing families or individuals who have pets. Others may choose to leave their beloved dog or cat with a trusted neighbor or friend, some owners leave their pets at a pet hotel, and some leave their pets alone at home while monitoring their every move with a pet cam. However, there are also owners who choose to bring their pets along to the trip.

Long drives are usually very stressful for dogs and cats. When bringing pets along, it’s best if they are taken care of by a human companion they know very well. For every rest stop, make sure that they are in their carrier or crate. It is also best if they are hydrated and fed at the appropriate times. It is best to keep them away from windows to avoid injuries or accidents.

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It is also important to “pet prep” a vehicle for the journey. The carrier or crate must be firmly in place so that the pet will not roam around the vehicle. If possible, go on a short drive and see if the animal is already comfortable with the setup. Cover the car seats with blankets or newspapers to protect from muddy paws and other mess. Lastly, bring health records and permits for any emergency. Going on a drive with a pet requires utmost watchfulness on the owner’s part. With enough preparation, the trip will be a success.

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Traveling soon? Be sure to give your pets a rest stop at Main Street Market. Petroleum Wholesale is always hard at work building new locations throughout the U.S. to better serve our customers. For more information, visit this website.

The Road Less Traveled: Vacationing with Pets