Don’t Let One Cause Harm Another
I was sent a link from a friend about a fundraiser I thought was really ironic called “Pet Plumes with a Purpose.” With this fundraiser, they are selling feather hair extensions for dogs to raise funds for the charity Pandas International.
I couldn’t help but wonder if it dawned on them they are killing birds to make unnecessary decorations for dogs to raise money for pandas. How ironic is that?
I did some research and learned that roosters used to make these extensions are bred and genetically altered to produce long saddle feathers — and then killed and de-feathered for their plumage. Rooster meat is not exactly popular so the feathers are not likely a bi-product of the meat industry. What costs these animals their lives is then worn by a consumer for only two or three months.
Unfortunately, this near-sighted fundraiser is not alone — I have come across many other instances such events that create a significant amount of waste. My point is — be sure to look carefully at the things you support and participate in as doing good that creates harm elsewhere gets us nowhere.