Killing animals in the name of charity
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 2003:
The Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals in Willapa,
Washington, apparently cancelled a mid-December 2003 benefit pig
raffle after it attracted notice from PETA and the Farmed Animal Net
HAVA reportedly advertised, “You could keep this pig as a pet…But
Patriotic Packing has also donated processing and wrapping.”
Wrote Farmed Animal Net founder Mary Finelli, “This is
problematically similar to the common practice of animal shelters
serving meat at their social events,” which violates ANIMAL PEOPLE
ethical standard for charities #4b: ANIMAL PEOPLE recommends that
all food served for human consumption by or on behalf of animal
charities should be vegetarian or, better, vegan.
The HAVA pig raffle was announced amid a flurry of other
controversies involving misuse of animals in the name of charity.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, Girl Scout Troop 34, headed by den
mother Dona Boylan, in spring 2003 trapped and pelted two “nuisance”
beavers as part of the Take-A-Kid-Trapping program directed by the
Alaska Department of Fish & Game. In November 2003 the 13-member
troop reportedly set out traps in hopes of killing a dozen more
Girl Scouts of America spokesperson Courtney Shore told PETA
that the organization does not promote trapping or hunting and does
not give merit badges for such activities, but stopped short of
saying that the Girl Scouts would discourage troops from
participating in them.
While that dispute sizzled, Habitat for Humanity gassed a
prairie dog colony in Greeley, Colorado, killing about 175 prairie
dogs to make way for a 60-unit low income housing development. The
gassing proceeded while the Prairie Preservation Alliance and Rocky
Mountain Animal Defense were seeking state permits and organizing
volunteers to relocate the prairie dogs.
Human services charities throughout the U.S.–except in areas
with outbreaks of Chronic Wasting Disease, an illness similar to Mad
Cow disease–meanwhile enthusiastically received donations of venison
from Hunters for the Hungry and similar programs.
While deer hunting and culling often attract protest from
animal advocates, wildlife meat donation programs usually do not,
since the use of hunted meat tends to replace some use of meat from
factory-farmed livestock. An exception came this year in
Connecticut, where Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral
unsuccessfully offered to donate vegan food to soup kitchens if they
would refrain from using venison from a bowhunt held on National
Audubon Society property in Greenwich.
Held in southern Utah to benefit the Shop With A Cop program
to buy Christmas presents for needy children, the first-ever Wayne
County Varmint Hunt ended on the last weekend in November with one
coyote dead, 13 participants warned or cited for suspected illegal
jacklighting, between $2,500 and $3,000 raised for the charity, and
Sheriff Kurt Taylor pledging that his department would not be
involved in any such event again.