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Anita Story Delp
· November 28, 2017
Heifer International is a great example of the proverb, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." With Heifer International the proverbial man w...ill go on to improve his community by passing along his knowledge and turning a profit.

Also, did you know that you can designate your donation to go to your neighbors in need? Although there is a great deal of poverty and famine in distant corners of the world, we don't have to look far to see opportunities to give. American communities devestated by natural disaster can receive much needed resources through your generosity. You can decide where your money goes. Heifer International will make sure your money benefits the area you choose.
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Rebecca Johnson Avery
· November 11, 2017
I'm a huge fan of this organization. I love that the recipient families of everything from chickens to cows, donate the offspring from those animals to other families in the villages, so it's truly forward. Most of my family and friends have everything they could possibly want or need. Un-needed gifts end up in garage sales in the material world of America. Heifer International gifts bring life to many people who are immensely grateful. You and the person for whom you've honored by making a gift in their name will have the priceless gift of knowing you've helped someone who truly needs the basics to sustain life. Bless you. See More
Dawn Ebe Haptonstahl
· November 20, 2017
Our family members have been proud supporters of Heifer for decades. Heifer as an organization and through its work reflect our family's values. Our children have grown up learning about the world and... their place in it through Heifer's publications, which we receive via regular monthly donations. Our children are involved in charitable work and giving, and they save up their money throughout the year so that they can make their gift donations all on their own, in addition to helping us as a family select what we will give each year. We were fortunate to get to know some of the family of Heifer's founder, and our experiences with them remain warm memories. Thank you, Heifer, for all you have done, are doing now, and are planning for the future. See More
Diane Porter
· February 25, 2018
I support Heifer in all of their efforts to address global hunger in sustainable ways. Also, in appreciation of their World Ark magazine, for helping raise awareness of how much can be done with so li...ttle. I've never forgotten an article in World Ark about a woman in Africa who, because of the gift of a Heifer cow, had enough milk that she felt able to adopt 5 children orphaned by AIDS. How many of us would imagine that the milk of one cow could be life-changing for 5 orphans? Keep up the good work, Heifer! See More
Liz Wallace
· March 11, 2018
On behalf of privileged Westerners I would like to apologize for the judgy Vegangelist turds that keep trying to undermine you. While I went cow product-free and cook mostly vegan I am able to do that... because of where I live. Cattle may be a leading cause of greenhouse gases, ocean dead zone, etc but I think it is fine for small farms where cattle are actually native. It is the large feed lots in the Americas, Australia, n parts of Asia that are the worst offenders. Plus these impoverished places like Africa are impoverished because of Western Colonization! Our cell phones are created w child slave labor, FFS. Most diamonds were mined on land seized from tribes that had lived sustainably for millennia. If they want to have some cows, goats, and chickens then I say LET THEM. End of tonights rant. See More
Elizabeth Hussey
· November 26, 2017
I learned yesterday through word of mouth that Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA is closing. As a regular contributor, and the daughter of parents that gave their heart and soul to supporting the farm in from the beginning in the 1980's, and with the awareness that that exceptional parcel of land was donated to you, I am shocked that you would choose to make this decision
in the manner you have.
You owe it to those that have given their life's blood to supporting that facility to prove in black and white, that it is preventing HPI from fulfilling their mission. And this should have been done and discussed with them before making the public announcement to close it. Your actions have caused me to lose faith in your leadership and management skills, if you cannot make the Rutland Farm function as an asset toward your overall mission. I will be discontinuing my financial support not because I don't believe in your mission, but because I no longer trust that you have the wisdom and integrity to carry it out. Elizabeth (Calkins) Hussey
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Juniper Russo
· November 26, 2017
I love Heifer International and donate annually. I'm disgusted by the ignorant comments and negative reviews from militant vegans. A balanced vegan diet is not viable in all climates or environments a...nd is particularly difficult in areas that lack access to plant-based sources of iron, complete protein, and B12. I am vegetarian myself (and was vegan until my health no longer allowed it) but it's appalling to oppose an organization that is helping to feed so many people. The negative reviews betray a profound misunderstanding of how agriculture works. While it is absolutely true that raising plants takes significantly less energy and land than raising animals, it is virtually impossible to support a vegan lifestyle through small-scale subsistence farming, especially in certain climates and in areas that lack infrastructure for importing oils, supplements, and legumes. Veganism is wonderful for those of us who are blessed with health, wealth, and first-world amenities to make it possible, but we don't yet live in a world where it is possible for everyone. Please don't be so blinded by your own privilege that you would deny food to struggling families.

Thank you, Heifer International, for the work you do to help sustain families in need.
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Anahit Oha
· November 22, 2017
you are doing more harm than good. just stop. While tempting to believe, farmed animals do not just “live off the land” consuming only grass and scraps that don’t compete with human consumption.

In r...esponse to criticism that promoting animal agriculture in regions already plagued by desertification and drought is irresponsible, Heifer International and other organizations have “zero-grazing” requirements.

Unfortunately, zero-grazing means that confined animals must actually have food and water brought to them. This food and water can be in direct competition with human consumption.

Zero-grazing is not only bad for the animals who are confined, it is also bad for the people (often times bad for children) who must use their time, labor and resources to bring food and water to the animals.
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Roberta Beckert
· April 6, 2018
I've been reading the back-and-forth about this organization and what they do. I've done a lot of research, and it appears to me (someone with a background in Nutrition and Dietary Sciences) that pro...viding animals to the third world is probably one of the worst things we can do. Although these farm animals may represent a boost in wealth for the recipients or their villages, the diet comes at a huge cost. Animal proteins are the primary source of heart diseases and cancers in humans. The money we donate should be channeled into vegan solutions to their diets. See More
Virginia Child
· December 12, 2017
I am profoundly disappointed in Heifer's decision to sell the Heifer Farm in Rutland MA. For years, it has been a vital part of New England church life, enabling us to tell the story of how Heifer re...aches out to communities around the world. If Heifer is backing away from its international committments to economic development, we will find other organizations to support. I have supported Heifer all my life; my father helped solicit dairy animals for Heifer long ago. This is awful. See More
Maria V Rojas
· November 28, 2017
Why do we keep pretending that is ok to see animals as mere commodities, as if it is something completely acceptable or kind? When we can help the needy, our planet, and the animals at the same time l...ike A Well-Fed World does. People need to educate themselves, and realize that supporting any organization that commodifies sentient beings means we are being unfair to the most vulnerable beings on the planet. If only everyone took the time to watch Earthlings, Cowspiracy, What The Health Film, and Seaspiracy (YouTube)... They'd realize how ignorant & misled we've been, and you'd see that really no one wins when others are oppressed. Our outdated cruel ways will be the end of us, sooner than you think. See More
Kathy Graham Grant
· November 28, 2017
This is an excellent organization with a very worthy cause of ending world hunger and poverty through donating livestock animals to impoverished families as well as training on how to raise them. Thes...e families can then begin to feed and support themselves and then pass on extra livestock to other families in need so your gift will continue to grow and make a true impact on hunger and poverty. I can think of no better way of being able to help those in true need. It is a wonderful gift to give to others as well as yourself. See More
Jennifer Holdcroft
· November 28, 2017
I have a small farm and love the ideal that I'm helping someone else become food independent. I have been donating a long time and its amazing to know that a small gift has been passed on to others. T...hank you Heifer! See More
Sylvia Badger
· November 10, 2017
People, use your logical thinking skills please. Sending an animal or animals to the poorest nations is a recipe for disaster. Not only can these people not feed their families, most can't afford to feed for these animals. Heaven forbid if one of these animals is in need of veterinary care! These animals can't live off the land as there are no green grassy plains. Water is extremely scarce. You are condemning an animal to a life of torture and misery! See a Well-Fed World instead. See More
Willows Runner
· December 23, 2017
Our family has donated for many years. But this is the second year in a row we have not received the gift cards to show the donations given in honor of our grandchildren. We'll keep our honorary donat...ions close to home from now on and will encourage all others to demand accountability. Goodbye. See More
Lamont Richardson
· April 5, 2018
This organization may have had the smoothest marketing for decades, but what it's promoting is just sick for people and the planet. Why can't it promote a vegan alternative to the cruel and unhealthf...ul dairy and meat concept? See More
Diahanne Payne
· March 20, 2018
Giving's what God wants us to do when we have more. Share, love and be kind to one another
Allyson Strike
· April 6, 2018
thank you for all the good you do in this world, feeding people who would otherwise go hungry. don't listen to anyone claiming otherwise, as much as they seem to love animals, they sure don't seem to about their fellow human animals. �� See More
Gretchen Hall
· January 26, 2018
Best non-profit around! Partners with one of my favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss in his World Builders fundraiser. Heifer is healing the hungry by providing LONG TERM training and skills to support after family in third world nations. Here's a place where a goat isn't just a goat anymore; it's a means to escaping the crippling cycle of poverty. See More
Monica Martella
· October 13, 2017
Animal exploitation will only perpetuate human cruelty, disease and poverty. This organization is an excellent front for the meat industry in their effort to pretend they care about anything but perpe...tuating themselves. Shame on all so-called humanitarian orgs who use and abuse animals and teach the poor to do the same. Please get in touch with your conscience and learn to live compassionately. See More