Say ‘no’ to animal donation programs
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(This blog post was originally published in December of 2010.)
Buying charitable gifts for people is a great way to celebrate the true spirit of the holidays, but not all charitable gifts are equal.
Over the last few years, we’ve been hearing a lot about animal donation programs such as those offered by Oxfam in Heifer International. Last year, we published a blog post about this issue: Goat for Gold, not a good idea.
Since the holidays are upon us again, I wanted to post a quick update–an account of these programs from the perspective of the people who “benefit” from them. From Kamlabai Gudhe, a farmer who lives in Lonsawala, Wardha:
“I said we don’t want this. We have never kept cattle and don’t know how to. Give one of us a job, any work. Instead, my son is full time in service of this cow. Were he not tied down by it, he would earn Rs.50 a day [i.e., about $1] as a labourer. This brute eats more than all us in this house put together. And we don’t get more than four litres of milk in a day from it.”
Read more at There’s No Such Thing as a Free Cow.
Remember, there are plenty of charities that feed the hungry without hurting animals. For example: