The pretty pictures in brochures omit the flaws: farmed animals do not live off the land; there isn't enough water for the PEOPLE, let alone the animals. Increased need for food--and lactose intolerance that affects 90% of the equatorial countries create more problems than they solve. See additional facts here http://awfw.org/no-animal-gifts/
I was about to donate to this organization but after all the reviews of how much soliciting and money is spent on mailers to people that are already donating...seems like organization need to rethink where and how they spend their dollars
FIRST OF ALL I AM A VEGAN! SECOND OF ALL, I WOULD NEVER "DONATE" AN ANIMAL TO TO BE SLAUGHTERED! I GUESS THEY "THINK" ALL OF US ARE STUPID SINCE>.YOU KNOW>.AFTER ALL, LOOK AT OUR COUNTRY THESE PAST 7+++ YEARS & WHAT'S IN IT! SO NO! WE ARE "ALL NOT! STUPID! OR BARBARIANS!"..I AM TOTALLY OFFENDED THAT I EVEN RECEIVED THIS SHOPPING FOR AN ANIMAL TO SLAUGHTER! BUT OF COURSE! THEY ARE A 501 3C SURE & THE WORLD IS GOING TO END TOMORROW! WHAT A SHAM! I TRIED TO FIND A WAY TO EMAIL THESE DISGUSTING PEOPLE< & I COULD NOT..OH I COULD "SUBSCRIBE!"..BY EMAIL..BUT NOT! GOING TO DO THAT! TAKE ME OFF YOUR "LIST!"..I AM NOT WITHOUT COMMON SENSE SO I KNOW WHAT YOU ALL ARE "REALLY DOING!"..& IT'S NOT ABOUT SAVING ANYONE OR FEEDING ANYONE! IT'S ABOUT MAKING MONEY OFF OF SLAUGHTERING ANIMALS! SHIP A COW, FLYING COWS? THINK THIS IS FUNNY? I DO NOT! ALSO, WITH THE "CLINTONS & A FEW OTHERS ON YOUR SO-CALLED "LIST!" I KNOW I WOULD NEVER "TRUST!" ANYTHING "YOUR SO-CALLED NON-PROFIT WOULD OR COULD "EVER! DO!"..DISGUSTING!
Instead of giving to Heifer International (a Christian-based org), I give to Plan Canada (no I am not Canadian). The difference is that I'm not forcing Christian beliefs on other faiths (mostly Muslim), but I do not get a tax break, nor should anyone expect one. That's what "charity" is all about, people. And that's OK with me. At least with Plan Canada I know where my gift is going without forcing Christianity on folks who already have their OWN faith. Go to plancanada.ca/greatgifts. Big NO to Heifer.
We have donated to Heifer International for many years primarily due to the work that they conduct and the people they serve around the world. Their focus on educating the recipients of the cow, chickens, beehive and more about how to care for their animals, sustain themselves and their families from what they produce (milk, eggs, honey) and then paying forward through generosity of teaching someone else in their village and giving them an offspring to sustain their family -- and on and on -- is a charity grounded in dignity and respect. I've also had the privilege to spend a week at Heifer Ranch in Arkansas to learn beekeeping from Heifer's master beekeeper, Chuck Crimmins. This gave me an opportunity to see, first-hand, the care, dedication and belief the entire Heifer staff and organization embraces in service of others.
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Every year I send this group an email asking them to stop sending me their catalog, and every year i get their catalog in the mail! I am totally against what they do with live animals, treating them like they're nothing but commodities to be bought and sold, sending them to poor people who then often turn around and sell them to get some money because they can't afford to take care of them. Dealing in the animal trade does not seem to me a worthy or realistic charitable endeavor at all, and I'm sick and tired of their ignoring my repeated requests not to bother me with appeals.