Week Three

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“Life is life- whether in a cat or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”
-Sri Aurobindo

“Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life…”
– Elizabeth Goudge

What I learned in class about animals was that only 10% of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter, 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog, and about six million vertebrate animals are dissected yearly in U.S. high schools alone.

For our animal cruelty cause we learned that there are at least four laws against animal cruelty, “every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set by the United States Animal Welfare (AWA)…Today dogfighting has been reported in urban, suburban, and rural settings in all regions of the country” and the most interesting one of them all was that “Dogfighting became prevalent in the U.S. after the Civil War, with professional pits proliferating in the 1860s. And was a source of entertainment for police officers and firemen.” Some of these came from dosomething.org.

It is important to look at the numbers before making an investment to see how the organization profits and how they manage money that they receive from the donations. If we didn’t see if they were validated we wouldn’t know how or if the organization used the money.

What I learned about my organizations when I looked at their tax returns was that it was really hard to find them if you didn’t search appropriately and that some organizations didn’t make as much money or they didn;t fill in most of the requirements we needed, for example, the organization P.A.A.W.S, Inc. Some organizations like San Diego Humane Society & SPCA and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society had great changes from the year the tax form was made and the previous year.

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