Famed scientist Jane Goodall warns against charitable Christmas gifts | TheHill

“In the lead-up to Christmas, many people are feeling generous and want to help those less fortunate than themselves. There are a number of organizations that have launched campaigns, suggesting that one way to help those suffering poverty and hunger is to gift them an animal, such as a heifer,” she says in a YouTube video uploaded this week.

“As a result, farm animals are purchased in great numbers by generous donors. Unfortunately, this can result in unintended consequences. The animals must be fed and they need a lot of water, and in so many places water is getting more and more scarce thanks to climate change,” she says, adding that “veterinary care is often limited or totally lacking.”

As an alternative, Goodall in the video recommends donors invest in community seed hubs, water irrigation systems and soil regeneration.

Famed scientist Jane Goodall warns against charitable Christmas gifts | TheHill