CHARITY FINALLY CALLS TIME ON MORALITY

The RSPCA has finally decided that breeding animals for their looks, rather than their health or welfare is cruel and morally unjustifiable, and has accordingly withdrawn its support for Crufts.

Its new position on the issue follows a BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed which highlighted the medical problems faced by a number of breeds. These included the Cavalier King Charles spaniel which commonly has heart problems and an agonising condition caused by its skull being too small for its brain. Also suffering heart problems is the boxer which additionally has a very high rate of cancer, particularly brain tumours. Bulldogs, reportedly cannot mate without help, or give birth naturally and Bassett hounds, bred for long ears, a very low-slung belly and skin folds on legs often suffer arthritis. Continue reading

MONEY TALKS?

A number of charities that have criticised decisions made by the NHS watchdog the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to deny patients access to expensive drugs have been funded by pharmaceutical companies.

A report by The Independent said that the National Kidney Federation, Beating Bowel Cancer, The Arthritis and Musculo-Skeletal Alliance, The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, The Alzheimer’s Society and the Royal National Institute for the Blind had all received six figure sums from pharmaceutical companies in 2007.

WANT IT NOW

The charity Crisis Counselling for Alleged Shoplifters has blamed the rise in theft from shops by young girls on our “affluent, too much too soon” society.

According to the charity’s head Harry Kauffer “They only want the well-known brands. When money gets tighter they still want the same things, and if they can’t get them one way they’ll get them another”. Continue reading

SEX AND THE CHURCH?

A vicar has refused a donation because the charity golf and dinner event raising the money features “bunny girls” in high heels, stockings and bunny ears and tails handing out champagne to the guests. (Metro).

Following complaints from some parishioners the Reverend Peter Wood, vicar of Cambourne, Cambridgeshire has refused the money saying that clergymen cannot be seen to be associating with such an enterprise. The organisers of the event, due to be held at a local golf club, have described the church as “living in the dark ages”. Continue reading

Charity Matters October 2008 ISSUE 14

CHARITY FINALLY CALLS TIME ON MORALITY
The RSPCA has finally decided that breeding animals for their looks, rather than their health or welfare is cruel and morally unjustifiable, and has accordingly withdrawn….

MONEY TALKS?
A number of charities that have criticised decisions made by the NHS watchdog the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to deny patients access to….

WANT IT NOW
The charity Crisis Counselling for Alleged Shoplifters has blamed the rise in theft from shops by young girls on our “affluent, too much too soon” society….

SEX AND THE CHURCH?
A vicar has refused a donation because the charity golf and dinner event raising the money features “bunny girls” in high heels, stockings and bunny ears and tails….

PERSONAL NETWORKING
A new internet dating site has been launched for those working in the non-profit sector and anyone else “interested in making the world a better place”….