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Plants-4-Hunger - Vegan Feeding Programs

During the holiday season, popular gifts include donations to feeding programs that promote meat consumption, either by distributing animal-based foods or sending live animals as gifts to be used as food (details below).

Vegan feeding program in IndiaDue to popular demand, our Plants-4-Hunger gift-giving program provides a compassionate and more effective alternative.

We send 100% of your donation to four
   hand-picked feeding programs with low overhead & proven success in high-need areas.

This year's four projects support school lunch programs in Ethiopia and Guatemala, delivery of food to the poorest of the poor in India, and food gardens in the United States (list pdf).

These programs provide both immediate assistance and long-term community solutions that feed people without harming animals.

We make it easy to donate with one tax-letter and personalized gift cards.

A Plants-4-Hunger donation is perfect for vegetarians & vegans to give AND receive!


 Top 10 Reasons to Say NO to Animal "Gifts"

Below is an excerpt from our Say NO To Animal "Gifts" page that explains the harm caused by giving live animals to be used as food in poor countries. Visit our new website to see all the summaries.

1. Most of the world is lactose intolerant.
2. More animals does not mean less hunger.
3. More animals mean more mouths to feed.
4. Farmed animals do not just "live off the land."
5. Farmed animals require a great deal of water.
6. Experts disapprove of animal gifting programs.
7. Animal gifting programs are misleading.
8. Animal gifting programs have questionable spending.
9. Animal gifting raises concerns with charity-raters.
10. There are better hunger relief organizations to support.

Most of the world is lactose-intolerant...

Map of lactose intolerance levelsIncreased dairy production is frequently touted as one of the greatest successes of animal gifting programs.

However, 75% of the world is lactose-intolerant, and 90% of Asian and African populations (toward whom dairy programs are aggressively targeted) are lactose intolerant.

As such, both small- and large-scale dairy programs can negatively affect the health, wellbeing, and productivity of people in lactose intolerant populations.


More animals does not mean less hunger...

Teff production in EthiopiaPro-meat biases mean that sustainable plant-based options -- that can actually provide better nutrition and more income -- are often overlooked.

For example, teff is one of Ethiopia’s oldest grains. Teff is packed with protein and calcium. Plus, it is drought and heat tolerant, does not need water irrigation, and has extremely high yields.


More animals mean more mouths to feed...

Farmed animals eating from bucket in KenyaMany recipients of animal gifting programs struggle to provide even the most basic care to their animals.

Animals do not magically produce milk and meat or just "live off the land" by grazing. 

Having another mouth to feed can add to a family's burden, and the animals frequently suffer from neglect, malnutrition, dehydration, lack of veterinary care, and lack of shelter from temperature extremes.


Farmed animals do not just "live off the land"...

Cows confined in small stallsDue to criticism that animal agriculture in regions plagued by desertification is irresponsible, many programs now have "zero-grazing" requirements.

Unfortunately, zero-grazing means confined animals must have food and water actually brought to them. This food and water can be in direct competition with human consumption.

Zero-grazing is bad for the animals who are confined, and bad for people (often children) who must bring food and water to the animals. It is also a known precursor to factory farming.


Farmed animals require a great deal of water...

Women carrying waterRaising animals to be used as food is very water-intensive, requiring up to 10 times more water than growing crops for direct consumption.

Yet, animal gifting programs promote water-intensive animal farming, even in areas identified as water-scarce.

This means that already limited water supplies are diverted to animals for their hydration, sanitation, and the cultivation of extra forage to feed them.

Experts disapprove of animal gifting programs...

 Goats on overgrazed landWorld Land Trust calls animal gifting... 

“madness... environmentally unsound and economically disastrous.”

They conclude that “now that the grave consequences of introducing large numbers of goats and other domestic animals into fragile, arid environments is well documented, WLT considers it grossly irresponsible ... to continue with these schemes ... as a means of raising quick money for charities over the Christmas season.” 


Visit our NEW Website

For more reasons to Say NO to Animal "Gifts" and details about our Plants-4-Hunger 
program, visit our new website for a sneak peek before we offically launch it.

We're still doing the final touches, but our user-friendly layout makes it easy to learn about the negative consequences of eating animal products, especially for reasons of global hunger, climate change, and (of course) animal protection.


~thank you for caring and happy holidays~
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