Saturday, August 11, 2012

Contributing to Animal Welfare Groups: Philosophy in Action Podcast

By Diana Hsieh

In the 5 August 2012 episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I discussed contributing to animal welfare groups, and I thought it might be of interest. The question was:

Should a person contribute to animal welfare organizations? Animal shelters find good homes for abandoned and abused pets. They also offer assistance to pet owners during emergencies, such as the recent wildfires in Colorado. That work seems laudable to me – and something that a rational person might support and even contribute to. Yet such groups often advocate wrong views (such as veganism) and support rights-violations (such as animal welfare laws). So are such groups worthy of support or not?
My Answer, In Brief: People concerned with the welfare of animals should avoid political advocacy groups, instead donating to their own local shelters and rescues.

As it turns out, I wasn't able to attend the Ancestral Health Symposium. My adrenal insufficiency is still out-of-control, and travel is the absolute worst thing for it, I've found.

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Tags: Activism, Animal Rights, Animals, Charity, Ethics, Politics, Rights

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A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on contributing to animal welfare groups, inappropriate gifts from in-laws, sacrifice in war, condemning evil versus praising good, and more – is available as a podcast here: Episode of 5 August 2012.

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