LIZ JONES MOANS: Giving animals to the Third World is cruelty NOT charity


LIZ JONES MOANSGiving animals to the Third World is cruelty NOT charity

Funny, outrageous and downright rude. Who”s in Liz Jones” firing line this week

Which comes first The improvement to a child’s diet, or the money that comes from selling eggs and chicks that can help lift a family out of poverty

Either way, this flock of chickens will be laying a more secure future.

Not only do they enrich the children’s diet but, as the flock grows, they’ll be able to earn money regularly by selling chickens or eggs. Cost 29.

Animal cruelty: Liz Jones believes animals should not donated to Third World countries if they are going to be mistreated there

Animal cruelty: Liz Jones believes animals should not be donated to Third World countries if they are going to be mistreated there

This is the enticing Christmas gift idea I saw on the Save the Children website when looking to see how much my donated bag — a new 600 Mulberry Evelina satchel with contents worth more than 1,000 and a 350 spa voucher — raised.

It was snapped up for 483! Typical fashionistas — they always want something for nothing. I am informed this was one of the highest selling bags. It would have been better if I’d just sent them a cheque!

Other ideas, which proliferate on pretty much all the charity websites helping the poor in the developing world, include goats, water buffalo and donkeys.

Now, at the risk of being more unpopular than ever, let me tell you something. And, to be honest when it comes to sticking up for animals who have no voice of their own, I no longer care if I am hated or tweeted about by people who obviously don’t have enough proper work to do of their own.

I have seen a chicken being killed in Kenya. And it was a horrible, drawn out affair, done with a knife, in front of other chickens. They had all spent the previous day baking in the hot sun, with no water.

I have seen what happens to donkeys in Ethiopia: they carry 20st in weight in 40c heat. They are beaten with iron pipes by children as they lie, exhausted, wishing only for the release of death, on the ground.

If you want to help the Third World by giving a gift that is animal-related this Christmas, then give to the Brooke Hospital (thebrooke.org), which will ensure the animals which are vital to their human companions’ wellbeing, get care, water, drugs and relief from pain.

Kirsty Gallacher: Super mum status - thanks to her nanny

Kirsty Gallacher: Super mum status – thanks to her nanny

CELEB BRAIN DEAD MOMENT

Don’t you just love all those glossy magazine features where career women lie about how fantastic their family life is and how stunning their homes are

Take the following feature in January’s edition of Easy Living magazine, about super busy mums who lead super healthy lives.

Says Kirsty Gallacher, the Sky Sports presenter:

‘I’m very lucky because my children’s nanny is an amazing cook.’

Aha! Now we discover the truth.

YOU WENT OUT WEARING…

In the spirit of the holiday season, when we are all supposed to be cheerful despite having to do everything (I now have ‘water Christmas tree’ on my daily to-do list), I thought I would nominate something I like for a change.

This is Sarah Jessica Parker, in New York last week carrying a nylon, snake-print (not snakeskin!) tote by Marc by Marc Jacobs, costing under 200.

Let’s hope she starts a trend for fake exotic skin bags in 2012. Think of the lives you would save, and the money.

Style in the city: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker steps out with a snake-print (not snake skin) tote

Style in the city: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker steps out with a snake-print (not snake skin) tote