I happened to be watching TV the other day, and during the adverts I came across a commercial by a charity asking for money in order to help African donkeys. I found this...odd, to say the least, as Africa is so often associated with human suffering and yet here was this charity providing water to donkeys in communities that no doubt had their fair share of impoverished people.
So, my question is - is it justified to give such a charity money?
The charity itself made a good point in that donkeys are fundamental to development of such regions, and therefore healthy donkeys provide for faster development - but surely that pails into insignificance when one considers water shortages suffered by people?
Is it justified then, to give money to any animal charities when we all know full well that we could give money to charities that deal with abused /dying people?
So I guess you can go on from there and discuss animal rights vs human rights - If you were presented with an actual dying person and an actual dying kitten, which would you choose? I would go with the person, but I have found that not everyone thinks that way.