Animal gift schemes

Think twice before donating money to charities that supply 'developing' countries with live animals. All farmed animals require food and large quantities of water, often already in short supply in developing countries. Whilst of course it is important to help raise fellow human beings out of poverty and hunger, the lives of the animals also matter and sending cows, goats and chickens to impoverished people with limited resources means the animals, through no fault of the people to whom they have been sent, may be denied shelter from extremes of weather, and necessary veterinary care. Providing technology, digging wells, planting fruit trees and supplying drought-resistant, sustainable crops are more efficient ways of helping.