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Now I'm not a supporter, nor am I against PETA. I think they have good intentions, but are sometimes a little excessive in their methods.

Anyway - I got a letter in the mail from them today with the usual info about companies doing horrible tests on animals and the like. It included a survey that I could take and return with my donation of $16 or more to become a member of peta. That's fine. I can do what I want with it, right?

Here's where I see the problem. Enclosed with the letter was a nickel. Yep, five whole cents. Also it had 18 return address labels already printed up for me, just for taking the time to read the letter.

I know five cents isn't a lot of money by anyone's standards, but just imagine if they sent out this letter to one million people. That's 1,000,000 nickels to be mailed. That's $50,000!! I have no idea how many people they sent this letter to, but why would I want to send them a donation knowing that my money was just going to send nickels to people who would most likely throw them away anyway without opening the letter??

I really admire nonprofit organizations who are based largely (if not completely) on public donations. It really makes me mad when they do things like this to waste the money, when they could use it in so many different ways. Does anyone else think this is a problem?
 

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it said something like "keep the nickel as a reminder of the suffering of animals around the world, or return it to us with the survey and your donation"

But I think the main reason was to make people open the envelope. Instead of a return address, there was a nickel in the window where one should have been. I guess that's why I opened it, so it worked :)
 

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I got the same thing today :lol:

I sent the survey and nickel back. I mean, what if they sent my nickel to a person who decided to donate $1,000? They would help many animals, and I am all for that :D

Abhay
 

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I'm sure that would be a great thing... but my mom works for the post office and her route alone got about 12 of the letters. She ended up throwing like 5 into a "nondeliverable" bin because the names didn't match addresses and things like that. So just imagine how many got thrown away and what a waste it is.

I'm not saying its a bad idea completely, but it seems like there are other ways, you know?

Me and my mom got in a big discussion about our local humane society (where I got Addison) because apparently there's a huge investigation as to where they've been spending a LOT of money. They take in donations to help pay for the space to house unwanted pets and are running short on food, yet they give away like a 5lb bag with every adoption. Its a good thought and all, but I honestly believe someone won't turn down an animal because they don't get free food with it. I would rather have them keep the bags of food for the animals.

Even those these are all little things that in themselves don't matter much, take a lot of little things and multiply them by the thousands of animals in the shelters and you've got a lot of money that could be put to good use.
 

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That sounds strange.. May I ask what a nickel is? It's obviousely some sort of coin but how many cents is it worth?
 

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its worth five cents. I mean its really not much... I don't think there's anything you can get with a nickel nowadays...

but like I said, add up tens of thousands (or millions) and you've got quite a lot of money being mailed out.

just my personal opinion...
 

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OsnobunnieO said:
Me and my mom got in a big discussion about our local humane society (where I got Addison) because apparently there's a huge investigation as to where they've been spending a LOT of money. They take in donations to help pay for the space to house unwanted pets and are running short on food, yet they give away like a 5lb bag with every adoption. Its a good thought and all, but I honestly believe someone won't turn down an animal because they don't get free food with it. I would rather have them keep the bags of food for the animals.
Our local humane society here gives 1 free grooming, and free food + 10% off your first purchase of pet supplies, from 3 stores so techincally you get three free foods :wink: BUT the humane society doesn't pay for it, the local pet stores do as a curtisy(sp?) Maybe you could see if your local shelter could do something like that, ask local pet stores to donate?
 
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