Not only is this is the most important GIFT catalogue in the world, I believe this is probably just the most important catalogue, period.
When you have Susan Sarandon and not one, but TWO llamas…well then all other catalogues just seem irrelevant.
Heifer International catalogue. You can buy animals to send to people in needy countries. For instance, you can buy cows to send to people in Africa so they can have fresh milk/meat, which is incredibly important for people who are starving for protein
Oooooh thank you for the explanation I thought it was like.. Llama wool sweaters.
Except Heifer International spends a ton of money supporting milk productions in countries without adequate refrigeration, veterinary care and whose people are 90% lactose intolerant…
They’re taking steps to address their refrigeration issues by running plants form generators and be sending farmers”basic care kits” that allow isolated areas to treat minor wounds on their livestock. However, this doesn’t fix the fact that most of these people get sick from drinking milk.
On the meat side of things: raising animals for meat is environmentally and economically inefficient, especially in communities where fresh water and grain / animal plant food is scarce.
Resources would be better spent by:
- increasing access to fresh / clean water or water filtration devices.
- improving land quality that has been destroyed by over-grazing, animal waste and the like by making it plantable.
Animals eat more than they produce. This is why meat products in countries that do not factory farm or receive government subsidies for meat are so expensive. It is more financially sustainable to invest in plant-based food and gifts.
not to mention that animal gift giving charities introduce non-native livestock into ecosystems and nothing good can come from that.
I just meant for this to be a kick ass post about the randomness of Susan Saradon and a couple uh llamas…