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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Something That Bugs Me: Animal Charities

I never understood why people donate to, or request donations for, animal charities. I don't get it.

I remember the aftermath of Katrina, and I remember seeing the scenes of people trapped on their roofs. I remember people trying to find food. I remember people trying to get out of New Orleans, and out of the entire hurricane disaster area. It caused me to donate to the relief efforts.

A few days after Katrina I got an email from a coworker urging us to donate to some charity that was going to rescue the pets from the disaster area. What? When every dollar and cent was needed to help the people affected, someone was actually worried about dogs and cats? Please. I politely declined.

Since then I have been a staunch opponent of animal charities. Call me cold, I don't care. But I feel that until every shred of human suffering has been wiped out, then forget the animals. Let the animals fend for themselves. And while I can't stop other people from donating, nor can I stop the animal charities from spending money on animals, I can make sure none of my money goes to them. And if I get a say on where charitable money goes, then I argue against animal charities.

I feel I have been justified by this with reports on animal charities like the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is notorious for showing sad pictures and video of homeless, neglected and abused pets, and then asking for donations to help them. They then take those donations and funnel them to lobbyist in Washington D.C. to fight against hunting and fishing. Sickening.

So my advice to anyone is never, ever give to an animal charity. Take that money and give it to fight breast cancer. Heart disease. Or better yet, to help underprivileged children. One child dying of hunger is more deplorable than infinite dogs or cats dying from anything.



P.S. I have 3 pet dogs, very well pampered, so keep your hate comments/email to yourself.

29 comments:

Neil said...

Good points, my brave friend!

Anonymous said...

I think you're an idiot. Pet overpopulation and the terrible economy has caused people to discard animals to shelters. Surely a few dollars out of your pocket to help these animals could not possible kill you. Try having a more humane spirit. You might feel better.

LoneWolfArcher said...

And thus it starts! LOL This commenter is so passionate about their opinion, so sure they are right, and so sure about giving money to help animals instead of more money to help humans, that they post their comment anonymously.

Feydakin said...

I used to give to human charities.. Quite a bit.. But I started giving to more animal charities because people tend to have choices.. they tend to be able to make decisions that can affect their selves and their surroundings.. Animals are pretty much living lives beyond their control..

Add to that the fact that enough of my money is taken from me and "donated" to people I would never willingly help, I feel that my charitable contributions are better spent on critters than people..

And yes, I hunt, and fish, and do all the other things.. I just think that taking an all or nothing stance is hard to defend..

Gary said...

You made a good argument right until you revealed you have pets yourself which are "well pampered" how can you buy a tin of food for an animal if you care so much about the hunger of children.

LoneWolfArcher said...

Gary, interesting. So because I am against donating to animal charities, I should starve my pets to death.

Big distinction there between paying money to save animals in Katrina instead of humans, and feeding the family pet. Then again, most animal rights freaks will use any argument to justify putting animals over humans.

Emily said...

I think maybe Gary is saying it's a bit hypocritical of you to be so against donating money to animal charities because spare money should go to human charities instead as humans are more important, but you choose to spend a significant amount of money on animals (your pet dogs). If you think humans are so much more important than animals and we should only think about helping animals once we've sorted out helping humans, why do you have pets? Couldn't you put the money aside that you'd have spent on your pets and donate it to human charities?

LoneWolfArcher said...

I understand the point he was trying to make. However, my dislike of animal charities and choosing to have pets are separate issues.

I have a bird feeder too. But that doesn't mean that I am more concerned for birds than I am for starving children.

Pets bring joy to my life, I don't have them just to feed them. The bird feeder brings birds to my yard for my family's enjoyment, it isn't just to feed the birds.

When it comes to donating money, I choose human charities over animal charities. That people choose the latter over the former bugs me. I don't think holding that opinion, and having pet dogs makes me a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

AMEN Steven. When I hear that there are actually veterinary neurosurgeons performing expensive operations on dogs while people worldwide are dying of curable diseases, it makes me shake my head. When I see an obituary requesting contributions to the Humane Society, I surmise that this was the deceased's final "f-u" to humanity. I can't say it better than you, so I'll just repeat: "until every shred of human suffering has been wiped out, then forget the animals."

Anonymous said...

You are a disgusting pig, strike that, that is an insult to pigs! What gives you the right to assume that humans were the only refugees left in the wake of such a disaster?? Animals have just as much right to be on this planets as humans... Pet overpopulation??? What about human overpopulation?? Ever thought of that moron? Look at countries all over the world that are grossly overpopulated and diseased b/c of humans! Why don't you stand back and open your eyes for a moment and realize how completely oblivious you actually are to the problems on this planet!

LoneWolfArcher said...

I have often said that animal rights whackos believe in: animals first, people second. Thank you to this anonymous commenter for proving my point!

Hermione said...

I think you're absolutley right (so does my mum! LOL) Anyone who would put animals before humans obviously (did I spell that right?) doesn't value their life enough to care about humanity!

Anonymous said...

You are a selfish and specieist moron. Its people like you who I truly despise. Animals have feelings too, you know. Humans are animals too. Animal charities are just as important as human charities. You think its alright to pick on animals simply because they are smaller than you and can't defend themselves, that's the attitude of a cowardly bully. That's what you are if that is how you feel about animals.

LoneWolfArcher said...

"You think its alright to pick on animals simply because they are smaller than you and can't defend themselves, that's the attitude of a cowardly bully."

Lions, tigers, bears......yeah defenseless little critters. LOL I love these anonymous (cowards) comments because it shows how backwards animal rights whackos have it.

boat donation said...

You have a point. But still animals too have feelings. And still helping out is the best way to feel better for yourself.

LoneWolfArcher said...

Boat, my main point is if helping out makes you feel better why not help out fellow human-beings.

Thanks for your comment.

Anonymous said...

It is really sad that there are so many people that think humans are so special that every penny should go to humans until there is no human suffering. I'm amazed that people with that mindset don't realize that this will never happen and will lead to a world with most species of animals wiped out and the only ones remaining being the ones used for human consumption. Humans have overpopulated the planet and are the only species that cause so many other species to be wiped out. Humans have the intellect to recognize this and do better but they have to realize where they are headed and all you have to do is see how humans are wiping everything else out by prioritizing themselves completely over everything else. Too bad, I would have hoped humans could see the big picture better and did not think of themselves as so self important in the grand scheme of things. Humans are smart enough to achieve a balance but that can't happen if they think the human condition must be completely solved first. That will never happen and will just end up with few other species remaining around us which will be ashame. Our loss.

LoneWolfArcher said...

Your comment might have a shred of credibility if it wasn't for the fact the vast majority of animal charities have NOTHING to do with species preservation. I will give you that where a species is endangered, then by all means let's spend resources to stop that. But if it comes down to saving dogs and cats after Katrina or saving humans, well my money is going to the latter. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

So, since you are agreeing that money should be spent on species preservation whee appropriate then you are saying what was said about that was sensible/credible, good.

So, are you saying you agree that some money should be spent on that even though one could spend ever sent available saving humans that would die otherwise? I know there is no free lunch on that decision so I'm curious to hear what you would do. You can't agree with spending money now on species preservation if you don't also agree that it might come at the expense of humans that could be saved. There will never be time when it won't so I want to hear what you would do now if it was your choice.

LoneWolfArcher said...

Anonymous you are right. I am now against spending money on species preservation as well. Survival of the fittest, right?

Thanks for showing me the light.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, thanks for the clarification. So, you would rather have 50 billion people and nothing else on the planet but farm animals for eating than have 5 billion people and all the other magnificent species. Well, you'll get what you want but the same thinking that doesn't allow humans collectively to preserve the other species and protect the planet (because they can always tie it to costing a human life or job or whatever) will lead to humans wiping everything out including themselves before they figure out that they could have kept it all. I'm glad I'll be gone by then. I consider myself lucky. In the survival of the fittest scenario where there is no checks and balances on one of the species, that species, if not smart enough to control it's own population and understand resources are limited, will eventually take everything else out and then itself due to resource exhaustion. Glad I'll be gone when it happens but that is where we are headed without question. Then after that happens it will take many, many millions of years before any decent life forms evolve on the planet again and they may just be forms of slime or something. Humans have brains but collectively they will eventually do the same thing a primitive creature would have done if it had not adversaries. Eat evertying up and then die off after it kills everything else off.
Congratulations!

LoneWolfArcher said...

See people. This is what happens when you worship the created instead of the Creator. You lay awake at night worrying about things that will never happen! LOL

Now the identity of this anonymous poster is known to all: CHICKENLITTLE

Wdog said...

Ahh, I figured you would resort to religion eventually. Just wanted to see if that is where this ended up. Ok, I'm done. I know better than to argue with someone who believes in Santa Claus for adults. Now you can really hate me! :)

LoneWolfArcher said...

WDog, it is funny to me what a low value for human life you atheists have.

But you are right, believing in God isn't nearly as good as believing everything is an accident, and something came from nothing! LOL

Anonymous said...

I just read your goofy comment and puked a little. Thank you for reminding me why I just donanted 80.00 bucks to the Humane Society. Also if you get cancer please by all means start chemo/radiation immediately, get a few extra treatments just to be on the safe side. People with your level of intelligence (pushing 80?) deserve everything you get. Would post more but gotta go visit the ASPCA.

LoneWolfArcher said...

LOL

Another anonymous "animals before humans" commenter with ad hominems and no substance.

I love posting these to prove my point regarding animal rights whackos.

Anonymous said...

Oh this article saddened me greatly. What gives humans a greater value than an animal? From my experience humans generally cause more damage to this earth than good. Animals have helped the human race to get to where it was today, they helped feed us, clothe us, work for us and protect us. Are you basing the greater importance of humans on intelligence? Because that's extremely insensitive, the next time there is a hurricane should we leave all the mentally disabled people behind? Or are you basing the importance of humans simply because they are human? If that is the case, then I would assume if you were alive a hundred years ago, you would be completely racist. "Oh I'll keep a few black slaves for my own enjoyment but I definitely would not save one over a white person, not until every white person's problem has been eliminated first". Furthermore, I don't want to sound cruel here but most human charities help humans who have caused the damage themselves, they took drugs and became homeless. Even charitable aid to Africa often simply funds war efforts, the difference with animal charities is that many of the animal problems have been caused by humans through neglect, poaching, fur farms, drug tests. In general I like to think humans are relative kind, however, I don't think you are, sorry.

LoneWolfArcher said...

Straw man arguments and moral equivalence. That's all you got?

When I say human life I mean ALL human life. That includes every race. That includes every challenge (physical or mental). That include the unborn and those that are elderly. I do not put different values on human life ALL human life is valuable.

Why you ask? Because we were made in his image. No where in the creation of the world does it say that about animals. Only when God created man does it say that. Because He breathed into us the breath of life, and we (humans) became living souls.

Human life IS more valuable than animal life. All human life.

So you can take your cries of racism and whatever moronic arguments you tried to make here, and you can try using them on the true hypocrites: those that claim all life is valuable (including animals) but have no concern for the unborn that are destroyed to the tune of over 4,000 per day in the U.S. alone.

Anonymous said...

This is a very old post. I thought I should comment anyway. I was looking around the internet for an article that may help me understand a little about pets in the USA. I am not an animal enthusiast. And here is why. I think it is vanity to spend great amounts of money on animals while millions die all over the world. I understand basic feeding and taking care of animal because that shows we are human, I just cannot understand PRIORITIZING an animal's life over a human being's life. I am still young but I have seen a lot of suffering in my life. I grew up in South Sudan and watched my three brothers and my mother die of hunger. We had gone months without food and we lying together in a corner when the UN came. I did not know till later that my mother and brothers were dead because we were so weak and hungry we had not moved in days. I too would be dead were it not for charities that fund the UN. I came to the US a young child, a refugee, my life has been good but it pains me that sometimes people cannot bother to picture the lives of others as long as they are comfortable. So they hold birthdays for their dogs and lavish a PET as a human while the real humans suffer. You don't have to go to Sudan to help someone. Help your neighbor. Sure, people say pets are a therapy for loneliness but so is talking to a friend or even a stranger in need. I am not saying starve or abuse an animal, I'm saying as you buy your pet a toy remember to keep a little away for a human being. - Aweng.