Many years ago, I thought I was helping animals and the environment
by contributing to large, well-known organizations that sent me
mailings requesting contributions.
Gradually, I started to realize that unknowingly I was helping the
exploiters who know, through their slick solicitations, how to reach and
appeal to ordinary folks. I found out that the executives of these
groups draw large salaries and that many of the largest are simply
fronts for hunters and other exploiters. These wealthy foundations know
how to pull heartstrings with appealing photos and letters.
I have learned to be very wary of “animal,” “wildlife,” and
“environment” organizations that use words such as “re-introduction,”
“preservation,” “conservation,” “restoration” – you get the picture!
Behind the scenes there is much suffering to animals who are manipulated
and bred, sold to zoos, “re-introduced” in areas where they come to be
regarded as an expendable nuisance, etc.
It seems as though human-kind(?) cannot leave anything alone; they
interfere under the guise of doing “good” and leave chaos behind. Then
they just do the same thing all over again with another “poster child
species.” If it isn’t the wolf, it’s the panda, or the tiger – there’s
no end to the meddling and exploitation of God’s creatures.
Years ago, Animal People: News For People Who Care About Animals
helped open my eyes. Their annual Watchdog Report on animal
protection charities is a special donor supplement that lists facts such
as budget, major programs and issues, overhead, assets, etc. of many
organizations. Even though I don’t always agree with every one of their
news articles, I recommend it to others who may be falling for the slick
exploiters’ propaganda that I mentioned above. It will give you a start
in the right direction.
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