Rating 1000+ dog/cat shelters on their compassion for farm animals (and Patrick McDonnell)
Animal Place’s “Food For Thought” program that works to promote and support local animal shelters, SPCAs, humane societies, and other rescue agencies that have adopted plant-based menu policies for official functions. Animal Place has recognized more than 200 shelters in North America for implementing vegan/vegetarian policies and ensuring no animals are harmed or exploited for their fundraising events.
They’ve now gone a step further, and posted the results of several years of outreach online. The Shelter Report Card grades more than 1000 animal organizations in the U.S. and Canada, rating the animal-friendliness of their menu policies. An A+ represents a formal, board-approved vegan policy, an A stands for formal vegetarian with vegan options policy, and so on, so their communities can see exactly where they stand on compassion for farm animals as well as companion animals.
Food For Thought encourages all pet groups to consider other animals in their organization’s policies, and they’ll be adding wildlife and conservation groups soon.
Also, Patrick McDonnell, creator of everyone’s favorite comic strip “Mutts” and rescue nation hero, recently endorsed Food For Thought, and had this to say:
“I find it odd when non-vegan meals are served at animal charity functions. As leaders in animal care, companion animal groups have a golden opportunity to show the public that helping some animals at the expense of others is ethically inconsistent.” (There’s a longer version on their site at http://www.foodforthoughtcampaign.org/endorsements.html and a cute graphic at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/53409945559934493/ if you’d like to share it.)
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