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Moral Dilemma - Which is the lesser evil?

My husband's company (which employs over 1,000 people locally) is having a chili cookoff next month to benefit the March of Dimes.  I am debating whether to enter a delicious vegan chili, hoping to share the food with a few omnis.  Maybe then they'll see that eating vegan can be delicious and healthy - well, for those who have ever heard the word VEGAN.  :)  But on the other hand, I never support the MOD because of their policy on animal testing. 

So, the question is...which is the greater good?  Exposing omnis to new vegan food or boycotting an event because of the beneficiary?

In supporting the MOD you are actively helping to further suffering. By not entering the contest, you aren't really denying omnis -- there will be other opportunities to share. Besides, if you're there, against your beliefs, who will take you seriously? It's saying you're not committed -- why should they consider committing to something so difficult if you don't?

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Actually ,if it was me.....I would not raise a penny for, nor would I have anything to do with the March of Dimes.
I personally would have a big ethical reason within myself to just stay home. The March of Dimes continues to subject thousands of innocent animals every year to a life of cruel and unbearable suffering. Most of the tests they do are repeated over and over with the same results time after time. It is a waste of innocent life, and a useless waste of money. In my eyes, I choose to call it blood money.

On the day of the event, in memory of the innocent animals that have died, and in support of the animals currently suffering....... I would volunteer my time at a local humane society and walk dogs, clean cat cages...etc. I would then take the money I was going to use for the ingredients (for the chili) and donate it to any type of animal rescue group...even if I planned on spending $20, or $200.

But then again...that's just me...... :P ;)

http://www.pcrm.org/resch/charities/mod_common_qs.html
http://www.peta.org/feat/modparents/index.html

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Thank you so much for the information...I had no clue! I just read the link Davedrum supplied.  :'(

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Hmm . . . quite the conundrum.  I've always resisted my company's annual United Way drive for Boy Scout-related reasons.  And I've had to explain myself to very puzzled co-workers about eight times now. But it was all relatively easy to do because it was just about donating money, even though I was ruining our group's 100 percent participation.

I think your situation is a bit more complicated.  I was going to write that you should just go and make a veg chili, but I know personally how irksome it is to feel like you are contributing to a company that you don't want to support.  And everyone else who is there will feel like they are doing a good deed and making a brighter tomorrow, etc.,  so it will be a real downer to them if you discuss your reservations about the MOD and they will probably resent you if you talk about it (THAT I can tell you from first hand experience). 

However, I think the person at your husband's company who is in charge of the whole thing is fair game. So, while that person is eating your blue ribbon chili, you could suggest that the funds raised be earmarked to support MOD activities in the community--some use that clearly doesn't involve animal testing.

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wow, how horrible!!! i couldn't stomach reading it all.  Davedrum thanks for the links.  i wasn't aware either.

NO WAY would i support the MOD after seeing what they support.  i don't care if they think the end outweighs the means, there is no good reason why they can't some up with better alternatives than what they're doing to those animals.  horrible. 

 

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I agree with Dave...  :(

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I've had the same issue with United Way.  Then I found out that you can earmark exactly where your contribution goes.  I donate mine to the local literacy council that supports my job!

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Thanks for your thoughts!

As I've mentioned before, I'm a Realtor.  For a few months, I have been thinking of sponsoring some kind of animal-related event.  I have thought about educating people on the horrors of declawing and offering free claw trimming and capping by some friends I have who are licensed groomers.  I also thought about working with HSUS on a spay/neuter clinic.  I think it would be a way to support something I believe in (and help boost my business a little bit ;)).  Probably wouldn't be a great day to serve chili though - with cat and dog fur flying about.

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great ideas mdvegan!  I especially like the horrors of declawing event idea - our cat that we adopted from a family had ALL 4 of his paws declawed  >:( 

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I like your idea as well MD! I have never understood why anyone would do that (declaw). If you're worried about a cat scratching your precious couch......DON"T GET A CAT!  :D

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I learn something new every time I read posts on here.  Thanks Dave for your info on MOD.  I had no idea they spent their money so foolishly. >:(

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