A Chinese businessman who bought a rescued pig from the Sichuan earthquake and promised to look after it for the rest of its life has been given an award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. London Lite reported how Fan Jianchuan had been moved by the ordeal of Zhu Jianqiang, a pig that survived for 36 days. "Thanks to Fan, Zhu Jianqiang's struggle was not in vain," said Jason Baker, director of Peta.
US hotel heiress Leona Helmsley's will was kind to animals too. She bestowed a slice of her estate, valued at between $5bn and $8bn, on her Maltese dog Trouble, and the many remaining billions to what will become the world's largest charitable trust. The Financial Times reported that if her will were to be upheld, Helmsley's money would go to a charity for dogs. Pets can now be made beneficiaries of 'statutory pet trusts', through which testators can give instructions such as favourite foods and habits (Trouble likes to be hand-fed from a silver platter).
Shunning silverware, staff at delivery service firm TNT in Lancashire have left lunch-boxes and cutlery untouched for a day to raise money for the UN World Food Programme - "a fast service of a different kind", as the Preston Citizen commented. The initiative was part of a week's effort to raise £30,000.
News that Glastonbury was spared the mud this year failed to make at least one organisation happy: last year, organisers gave eight tonnes of discarded wellies (not an item in 2008's dry spell) to Senegalese charity Frip Ethique. But the Glastonbury Daily said everything left behind would be recycled.
THEY SAID IT
- 'The debate on the transformative capacity of the sector is a rhetorical storm in a fiscal teacup' - Public Administration Select Committee report on third sector service delivery.