Feb. 17th, 2010

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I've signed up to Animals Asia Foundation's Moon Bear sponsorship programme. I opted to sponsor a 'special needs' bear, and as of today am spending the princely sum of double my (modest) monthly phone bill to help provide food, shelter, and veterinary care to bears rescued from the bile trade.

I've been meaning to sign up for some time. It's nice having spare income to be able to contribute to something beyond my own existence. Humanitarian causes are important, and I do not doubt for a moment their merit. But me? I want my money to go to a cause that is not centred on humans. The sheer volume of the population is destroying the natural environment, and pushing out other animals. There's only so much room - and food and other resources - to go around, and the plight of animals so often goes ignored in the face of the plight of people. I can't donate to every charity even if I want to, a constraint which makes me seriously consider which charities I *do* want to support, and why. This is my first step, I suppose.

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