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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Contributing to Exploiters? – 14 September 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

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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