Monday, August 17, 2009

RSPCA Cupcake Day - exploiting one animal to benefit another?

Ordinarily I would welcome a fundraising day for an animal welfare charity. However, the RSPCA Cupcake Day reeks of hypocrisy.

Basically you make cupcakes and people give you money to eat them which you donate to RSPCA. And then the RSPCA use this money to help the cuter, fluffier animals we love, at a cost to the cruelly treated cows and chickens who have suffered to make the cupcakes.

Just in case there was a loophole in the RSPCA's policy for which animals they protect, I checked:

'No animal should be used for the production of food or fibre, either by farming practice, transportation, or method of slaughter which in any way may cause suffering, injury or distress.'

And as any well-informed and well- researched vegan knows, there is no egg or dairy production without suffering, injury or distress.

So, giving them the benefit of the doubt, I checked out their website to see if they offer animal-friendly recipes for these cupcakes seeing as the RSPCA aren't making them themselves. I couldn't find a recipe at all, but I did find a whole list of great ideas on decorating your cupcakes with jelly lollies, marshmallows, chocolate chips and so on. All animal based products.

RSPCA, how disappointing.

Needless to say, I won't be purchasing a cupcake, or even donating to them for that matter.

PS. I did write to them about this. And got no reply.

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