Esteemed animal rights activist and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Dr Jane Goodall, urges people and charities around the world to end the practice of giving animals this Christmas.
Goodall, who is famous for his 60-year study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, and, to a much lesser extent, an unfortunate sendoff in an episode of The simpsons, has joined with other scientists, religious leaders and celebrities in an attempt to stop global charities supporting the practice of donating animals.
Animal donation programs, whereby people, for example, give a goat to a family in a developing country, often end up in practice hurting gift recipients by cluttering up more mouths to feed in areas where food and water are often scarce. They also exacerbate the climate crisis, decrease food stability, undermine sustainable development, contribute to animal suffering and have health effects by promoting unhealthy Western diets.
The Animal Save movement and In Defense of Animals’ Interfaith Vegan Coalition are urge charities to switch to herbal aid programs, which provide more food and more stability by growing crops to eat them directly instead of feeding them to animals. Plant-based projects can help reduce poverty, reduce hunger in the world, and create sustainable practices for a healthy planet. Thousands of In Defense of Animals supporters and concerned citizens have already joined the campaign this holiday season.
Several well-intentioned organizations promote the sending of live farm animals as “gifts” aimed at reducing hunger and poverty in low-income countries. The real cost of sending a goat, cow, chicken or other farm animal is environmental degradation, soil acidification, water contamination , air pollution, global deforestation, forest fires, extreme weather conditions, floods, zoonotic epidemics, health problems such as diabetes, more community slaughterhouses, and even human trauma. childhood seeing beloved animals slaughtered.
Goodall says in his video statement that “Animals have to be fed and they need a lot of water, and in many places water is becoming increasingly scarce due to climate change.” Veterinary care is often limited or completely absent ”.
“It will be so much better to help by supporting herbal projects and sustainable irrigation methods, regenerative agriculture to improve the soil. This means that charities must make plans to create a gift package that will appeal to the generosity of those who want to help those less fortunate than them. “
the Stop Animal Gifts Campaign includes open letters from scientists and interfaith leaders, a petition calling on development charities to undertake carbon emissions disclosure of their projects, stop donating animals and implement plant-based food system projects as a critical step in dealing with the escalating climate crisis.
Charities that undertake animal donation programs include Oxfam, World Vision, Heifer International and Cargill’s Hatching Hope Project, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Plan Canada, Lutheran World Relief, Canadian Feed the Children, Tearfund, among others.
Instead, development charities alleviate poverty and hunger by establishing community seed centers, deploying water-based irrigation systems, providing training in permaculture and vegan farming techniques, and reforesting. land and regenerating soils, planting trees to increase canopies to help improve the water cycle and restore Savannah to rainforest and restore key ecosystems.
“We are delighted that Dr Jane Goodall is supporting the Stop Animal Gifting campaign by urging shoppers to boycott animal gifts this Christmas in favor of herbal projects. The campaign launched in the run-up to the end of the year celebrations aims to mitigate climate impacts, save water, reduce poverty, improve human health and eliminate animal suffering ”, said Anita Krajnc, Managing Director of Animal Save Movement.
“The demand for durable gifts has increased this year – with buyers willing to pay more for something that will last. The Stop Animal Gifting campaign hopes to redirect well-meaning donations to true sustainability including plant-based food projects, ”Krajnc added.
The latch also has a list of great charities to give on behalf of loved ones this Christmas if you want to do good instead of giving a physical gift this year.
Read more stories from The Latch and subscribe to our email newsletter.