Our View on Charity
Our View on Charity
Most charities are resourced by incredible people with a simple goal: to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Most charities are very noble causes that fully deserve support. Most charities make wonderful use of the donations bequeathed to them.
Despite this, I am seldom moved to make donations to charities that benefit humans. This miserly approach to life is not borne of any malice or cynicism. I don’t blindly subscribe to the archaic “charity begins at home” rhetoric. I have a child of my own and think it is wonderful that less fortunate children than him can be touched by the generosity of others. I was moved at a UK airport last summer to see the pleasure on the faces of handicapped children as they embarked on a holiday of a lifetime to Florida. I have lost a dearly loved one to cancer and deeply admire the efforts to find cures for this and other ghastly diseases.
Ask me to support an animal charity, however, and my reticence to give diminishes. Not that I believe animals to be any more deserving of our support than humans. They are not. The difference, as I see it, lies with responsibility. Parents and close relatives have a responsibility to protect and nurture their children. If they are not able to do that without external intervention then it is the job of the State to help them. It is the Government’s responsibility to support research on diseases as part of what they collect from us as taxpayers. We should not be expected to pay for this twice.
Animals, on the other hand, have no voice and little control over their own destiny. Quite simply, they are at the mercy of us humans. In many cases we decide whether they live or die and if they live, what quality of life they receive. There is no Government pot allocated them. Yet the fact they have no voice does not mean they do not feel the same emotions as us, such as pain and fear and helplessness. Inexplicably, a significant proportion of the human race feels no remorse in inflicting pain and suffering on these poor and helpless creatures. Sadly, it rests on those of us that have not been touched by the hand of evil to somehow redress the balance. Those that see it as their duty to come to the aid of those without a voice have, in my opinion, a need for our financial support, no matter how small.
As a member of a society that we alone have created, within an environment we share with other animals, I feel a natural responsibility to act. These animals did not ask to be part of our society and have no control in how we govern it. For that reason, and probably that reason only, I am substantially more charitable when it comes to animals than I am to humans.
Hound Lounge makes a small but regular contribution to Animals Asia. Through its #DogDays feature and other ideas in the pipeline, it will support a selection of other equally worthy charities. In the event that this website generates future revenue, a healthy proportion of it will be given to animal charities. Such small actions pale into insignificance when compared to those who devote their lives to helping animals. These people are truly special. If only the magnitude of their greatness could totally offset the collective badness of a minority of others.
This is the personal view of the owner of this website and may not reflect popular opinion. I don’t believe my opinion is inherently right or wrong. It is simply my opinion.