Many aid charities are once again pleading for funds to buy animals to be raised as "livestock" in some of the most deprived nations on Earth.
You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the images of people in desperate need accompanying these charities' promotions. However, sending animals to such communities does nothing to aid their plight.
Animal farming is inherently inefficient and environmentally damaging. Raising animals for food requires more land, water, plant food and energy.
The charities that run these schemes rarely mention the animal welfare implications. Destitute communities, by definition, rarely have the resources needed to adequately feed and shelter their animal "gifts".
There are alternatives that can help, including the planting of fruit-producing trees and supporting irrigation projects.
For details of organisations that fund and support such work, contact Animal Aid on 017 3236 4546.