Philanthropy? Sorry – humans only

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Date of Publication: June 12

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: Montreal, Canada

Publisher: PhiLab – Canadian Philanthropy Research Network, Université du Québec à Montréal

Author(s): Katherine Mac Donald

The traditional anthropocentric paradigm of philanthropy is impeding support for environmental and animal welfare causes

Years ago, I stood on Montreal’s famous Sainte-Catherine Street holding a petition pad in one hand and a donation pad in the other, asking people to help end animal cruelty. A man spat at my feet: ‘How could you help animals when there are children suffering?’. Interactions like this still come to mind when I reflect on the sad state of non-human philanthropy, in Canada and globally. Is there space to defend animals and the environment within the very anthropocentric constraints of Western philanthropy?

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