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Don't send A Cow - Plant A Tree!

pat | 25.01.2007 17:01 | Animal Liberation | Climate Chaos | Globalisation

Nottingham vegan campaigners Veggies Catering Campaign have created a Google Bomb which expodes myths about animals ab/used by charity schemes.

Don’t Send a Cow

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. It makes no sense to devote such resources - in critical short supply in much of Africa - to such an indirect way of feeding people.

Globalizing our preventable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes hardly seems charitable ... two-thirds of non-Caucasians on the planet are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy ... the last thing a hungry child in Africa needs is the milk of a cow.

Meanwhile according to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport.

As well as providing food and many other resources sustainably, planting trees can help reverse climate change by sequestering carbon.

Don't Give a Goat - Plant a Tree!

Veggies Catering Campaign and Animal Aid are supporting a tree-planting initiative in Kenya, which will provide fruit-bearing trees for local families. The aim is to help 100 families to plant 20 trees each, which will bear oranges, avocados, mangoes, pawpaws, kei apples, and macadamia nuts, with a few additional trees for timber and firewood.

Help our Don't Send A Cow GoogleBomb!

On 5th January 2007 the first critique of the Send A Cow scheme was 20th on a Google Search. By adding a link on your website, you can help raise its search engine ranking and hence help alert the public to concerns about such schemes.

On other blogs and forums you can simply reference this page:

By 20th January we had made it onto entries 4 and 5 on page one on Google, but help is needed to maintain its' position.

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Display the following 11 comments

  1. careful now! — Fly Posters
  2. Cow or not cow? — yes and no
  3. donkey — dp
  4. dp — H4TE TH3IR GR33D
  5. Jon B — Jon B
  6. the priority is here — dp
  7. green hypocrites — dp
  8. Planting trees in Sahara — Peace
  9. Shopping in Himalaya — bedouin
  10. We could just have the best of all worlds... — SkyPilot
  11. what right? — D. Otieno