According to many animal advocates, this year had the highest impact for animals, ever. And animal advocacy has had a long history from the early teachings of Buddha and nonviolence to Saint Francis’ doctrines of kindness to all living creatures to current times where the United States alone now counts more than 20,00 animal protection groups.
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While some charity reports have stated that bequests to animal charities far outweigh donations to human causes, and that there are more fundraisers for animals, the evidence doesn't support this thesis. On November 11th, the Mirror in the UK reported that huge donations bequeathed to dogs and cats dwarf those going to good causes helping vulnerable and abused children.