I’m still taking questions, but right now I have a few that I can answer. Others are going to take me a while to answer, but as soon as I find out the correct information, I’ll answer them in other posts. I’m looking at you, Andy Hall.
Do you have any pets on base?
Do firefighters count? If so, I have six of them this season.
In all honesty though, no, we don’t have pets. Nor do we have chia pets either. Plants are also banned* (There are some special provisions for the greenhouse, but we won’t have the greenhouse this winter season)
From Wikipedia – Some U.S. laws directly apply to Antarctica. For example, the Antarctic Conservation Act, Public Law 95-541, 16 U.S.C. § 2401 et seq., provides civil and criminal penalties for the following activities, unless authorized by regulation or statute:
- the taking of native Antarctic mammals or birds
- the introduction into Antarctica of non-indigenous plants and animals
- entry into specially protected or scientific areas
- the discharge or disposal of pollutants into Antarctica or Antarctic waters
- the importation into the U.S. of certain items from Antarctica
Violation of the Antarctic Conservation Act carries penalties of up to US$10,000 in fines and one year in prison.
Frankly, I can’t think of a single pet I would own that I’d risk paying $10,000 in fines for keeping and spending time in prison for. Plus feeding it could be a problem and I don’t want to think about what it would be like to have to walk a dog outside here. Not to mention cleaning up after it.
Goblin, you wouldn’t want to spend all day locked in a building now, would you?
Thanks for the questions y’all! I’ll get in touch with you about getting your addresses.