The committee of QCA has, for several years, been concerned about the growth of ‘send-an-animal’ charity aid schemes and we are aware that many Friends are also unhappy about them, on both environmental and animal welfare grounds.

One of the groups – which include Oxfam, Practical Presents and CAFOD –   is Christian Aid. Their promotion week takes place from 9–15 May and many Meetings will hold collections for this.

QCA members and friends may wish, instead, to donate to an alternative cause that aids developing countries without exploiting animals. Ones that we know of are:


Tree Aid:


Water Aid: