Battered Women Deserve Help Over Animals

Critics irked US has nearly triple shelters for abused pets

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 25, 2008 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – With 3,800 animal shelters in the US to only 1,500 shelters for battered women, economist Allison Schrager tackles the disparity in More Intelligent Life. "If we value people more than animals can we ever justify giving to an animal-welfare charity?" she asks, and underlines the complexities that make donating to human causes harder, but more important.

"The assumption that such violence afflicts only the poor or deserving is both fatuous and misguided," Schrager writes. "Humans are easier to blame for their circumstances," she notes, "but if you choose animals over people because of a naive belief that a particular brand of human pain has not infiltrated your own community, you may want to reconsider."

"If we value people more than animals can we ever justify giving to an animal-welfare charity?" Allison Schrager asks in More Intelligent Life.   (KRT Photos)
"Perhaps we prefer helping animals because we believe they have greater need. People often think a battered woman is free to leave her situation, while animals are physically prevented from leaving."   (Magnum Photos)
There are 3,800 animal shelters in the US to 1,500 for battered women, a disparity economist Allison Schrager finds appalling.   (Magnum Photos)
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