Animal Aid

Don't Send a Cow

Cows on dusty terrain

Think twice before donating money to charities that supply 'developing' countries with live animals. Farming animals is a wasteful, unsustainable and expensive way of producing food. Supplying cows, goats and chickens to impoverished people with limited resources just adds to their burden.

All farmed animals require proper nourishment, large quantities of water, shelter from extremes of weather and veterinary care. Surely it makes no sense to devote such resources - in critical short supply in much of Africa - to such an indirect way of feeding people.

Poorer countries do not need aid in the form of live animals. There are many ways in which such communities can be helped. These range from providing appropriate technology to supplying drought-resistant, sustainable crops.

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