Is It Hypocritical for Animal Shelters to Serve Animal Products at Fundraisers?
That's the question posed by Care2.com writer Abigail Geer in a recent article for the eco- and animal-friendly site. She goes on to write,
The use of animals for food is so deeply ingrained in our society that most people never even consider its morality. It is normal for people to consume the flesh and secretions of cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys and other ‘farm animals,’ so when it comes to fundraising for a dog shelter, or an exotic pet rescue organization, it often never enters the thought process that it might be hypocritical to organize a hog roast or BBQ to raise money for these rescued animals.
The campaign helps to address the issue of speciesism in society by bringing it to the attention of those who already have a keen interest in helping one particular group of animals. Many people attending a fundraising event for their local dog shelter may never have come across the concept before, but once they learn more about why the shelters have decided to implement a no animal product policy, they may start to view animal use in a completely different light.