This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Friday, November 29th
This is the time of year when we receive full color, glossy catalogs from Heifer International and organizations like them, asking for donations to send live animals as “gifts” to help alleviate hunger and poverty in poor countries.
Animal “gifting” does can actually do a disservice to the people and communities the charities claim to help. There are many reasons why this is a bad idea.
Many recipients of live animals are already struggling to feed their families, and more animals means more mouths to feed, adding to the family’s burden.
Also many farmed animals use up to 10 times more water than growing crops for direct human consumption. The animal’s water needs very often compete for the drinking water needs of local communities.
The World Land Trust calls animal gifting programs “madness, environmentally unsound, and economically disastrous.” They consider it “grossly irresponsible to continue with these schemes as a means of raising quick money for charities over the Christmas season.”
Former Indian minister for social welfare Maneka Gandhi has noted that goats destroy the fertility of land, and within two years those who are given a goat are even worse off.
Heifer International catalogs feature children hugging and kissing healthy animals. This organization is not a friend to children or to animals. In reality, children who are supposed to benefit from animal gifts may be taken out of school to tend to them. And animals endure long transport times to the recipient’s location and much evidence exists to say they are not cared for properly after they arrive.
If you wish to help feed those in need this giving season please do not support Heifer International or other animal gifting organizations. Instead give to charities such as A Well Fed World or The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Both charities provide hunger relief to families without harming animals or our fragile environment.
This is Marina Drake for Alliance for Animals.
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It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Come celebrate at WORT Community Radio’s 44th Birthday Bash on Sunday, December 1st, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Crucible, 3116 Commercial Avenue. Professor Pinkerton of Dead Man’s Carnival will bring his Irrelevant Orchestra from Milwaukee to headline the festivities with vaudeville jazz. Combo Noir will open the show, while Silk Circus Aerialists perform. Enjoy appetizers from Benvenuto’s Italian Grill and other guilty carnival pleasures. There will be birthday cake! Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at WORT, 118 South Bedford Street, or online at wort44.brownpapertickets.com. For information, phone 256-2001.
Are you a local news junkie? Put it to good use by joining the WORT news team as a reporter. WORT’s 6 p.m. news broadcast needs volunteers to report stories of local interest. No journalism experience needed. WORT will provide training. The ideal candidate will be open-minded, curious, meticulous and a bulldog about nailing the facts. Being comfortable working on deadline is also critical. Shifts are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the station at 256-2001 and ask for Interim News Director Chali (SHAH-lee) Pittman.
he Insurgent Radio Kiosk is a four minute pre-recorded segment featuring a commentary and a calendar of daily events. Events must be low cost or non-profit and of interest to people in and around the WORT listening area. Please submit announcements at least ten days before the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.
The Kiosk is available online at wortfm.org/kiosk.
This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. I’m Chali Pittman. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.