Totilas and PETA vs the Horses and Donkeys of Gambia
Ok, the whole PETA-Toto thing really has me :mad:
I can't even explain myself, I'm so freakin disgusted, but I'm sure many of you get it. So here's my answer to PETA and their heartfelt concern for horse welfare in the German dressage arena:
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust 333 Club
£333 is about $520 US.
The 333 Club is our new initiative to fund the opening of a second Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust centre in The Gambia. The new centre will be based closer to the coastal areas, and will benefit urban working animals as well as those in more rural areas. Our existing centre has had fantastic results and has resulted in a great improvement in the welfare of working animals and we feel that it is now time for our work to reach further afield.
In order to open the new centre to the desired standard we need to raise roughly £100,000 and of course this requires some serious fundraising! So, after much deliberation and a long walk with the dogs, Heather devised the idea of the 333 Club. What this means is that we need 333 people (or clubs, groups, organisations) to raise just £333 each to reach our target. £333 is a feasible amount of money for anyone to raise with one or two small scale fundraising events or challenges, so we just need to find 333 people who are willing to accept the challenge!
Members of the 333 Club will be presented with a certificate of membership, will be welcome to visit our new centre when it is opened, and we are working on being able to provide members with other benefits and bonuses, particularly if they visit The Gambia. All members will also have their names (or name of their organisation, school, college, place of work) engraved on a plaque which will be on display at the new centre.
The GHDT provides veterinary support to animals and owners, along with education in care and management. (See the "You Must Feed Your Donkey" song. :))
How about it, COTH? I've started a COTH fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/screwpeta -- can we get our name on the plaque in Gambia?
Here's what I said about us on the page:
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is a registered charity in the UK, and was shortlisted in 2012 for the prestigious UK Charity Award.
COTH is the top online horse forum in the US. Together we're a group of the most educated and experienced horse owners in the world. We truly CARE about the welfare of horses, donkeys and all equines. We live with them and love them every day, unlike many members of the public who are misled by the PR machines of wealthy "animal rights" organizations with political agendas.
We know what kind of care and attention horses and other equines need. We support many horse-related charities and rescues in our own country. We want to make a REAL difference in equine welfare, not just blow hot air about it.
Come on--do it for poor suffering Totilas. ;)