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The truth about big animal rights groups and associations

Updated on April 8, 2013

There are always legit groups, but most of them serve only humans not animals

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Sure we are all aware of the need to protect animal rights, since they can't really protect themselves, but I'll be honest with you, I'm writing this lens because I came across a case that made me sick. More pissed off than sick, but still it fired an urge to speak out, so, beeing squidoo a great place to do that, I'm doing it and getting ready for your replies.

Big Animal Rights Associations and groups mission should be to protect the animal's interests and to work with almost no interest for their own gain. Off course they need profit to keep on running and provide the animals with better conditions, but the focus should always be the reason why they are open and get so much financial support.

So, without further delay, I'm going to tell you why I am so pissed off!

The Story - OOoooh the Anger....

I'm Portuguese, and here in Portugal there is a huge association for animal rights named "União Zooófila" (Zoophile Union).

While in Lisbon, our capital, thousands of Euros (€) were spent on a march screaming for Animal Rights, this institution was refusing a donation of half a ton of animal ration just by beeing provided by a pro-bullfight group.

Now the best part begins, the Zoophile Union was offered half a ton of ration by this group because it made an extreme appeal to donations stating that the thousands of animals in their guard were going to starve to death. This is what it happened:

The Zoophile Union made that march in Lisbon and, because it would start at 5pm they announced on the site that no donations would be accepted past that time, because all personnel must attend the event. Well, since the group wasn't offering 5 kilos of ration but HALF A TON, they couldn't unload it all by that time, so they sent some employees to ask the Zoophile Union to wait a bit past that time.

The Zoophile Union answered that they couldn't wait, and people at the donator group asked: What is more important? Getting half a ton of ration or getting every single person to march on the street? The Zoophile Union was convinced and made an employee wait.

When the truck arrived with the ration, the people from the Zoophile Union saw that the donation would come from the bullfighters so they refused the offer stating that they are against bullfights. The Group argued that the starving animals don't mind if the food comes from bullfighters or firefighters and that the ration isn't branded but still they didn't accept.

What lesson shall we retrieve from this case? That big institutions worry too much about themselves and too little about the animals, that the pride of accepting help from people with different opinions is greater that the gratitude for beeing able to save animals lives. People that lead these organizations think its easier to spend thousands of dollars to appear on TV, to do protest marches, to buy candles to light in public, to make huge ad-boards and spend millions in campaigns than to invest in helping the animals, that with ration offered have to starve. Directors of these groups care for the cult of their personalities and not about the beasts they harbor.

Think about this.

The Good News

After this refusal, the pro-bullfight group went to a very small animal rights organization to present the donation. They were still working at 9 pm and the director smiled and said:

- We are completely against bullfighting, but your donation is greatly appreciated and it will help all the animals survive for some time. Thank you very much.

So, big isn't always better, and most of the time there is someone fighting too hard for the animals to be able to march, protest, and without the resources to pay for huge ad-boards, TV time and etc... The small group works for the animals, the big group basks in TV time, sounds unfair.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      That so-called rights group was awfully petty, and demonstrated in an unquestionable manner how little they truly cared for the animals for whom they professed to advocate.