Planet Charity: 'Exterminate beavers' lost in translation

Plus: Losing your clothes to bed bugs and charity, and social investment in Dutch brothels

It's one thing when a mistake in a charity communication means it lacks impact, but a charity in Russia managed to take this to a whole new level by advocating the mass killing of the world's beavers. The Mercy Capital Charitable Foundation commissioned flyers asking for donations to help needy children, but instead of asking people to "do good", a cock-up somewhere in the process meant that it called on them to "exterminate beavers". The caption reportedly read: "Exterminate beavers! Text the word 'vremya' and the amount of your donation to SMS number 7715." The company that printed the leaflet has refused to accept responsibility and the charity is suing. No beavers were actually harmed.

In the US, a man inadvertently did something good when he accidentally donated all of his clothes to charity. Matthew Hager of Charlotte in North Carolina was trying to rid his garments of bed bugs by putting them in black bin bags and placing them on his porch in the heat. (Is this a thing?) When he returned to collect the clothes later in the day, they were gone and he found a receipt from National Kidney Services. It's unclear whether the unintentional philanthropist was reunited with the contents of his wardrobe, but an executive said donated clothes generally sold quickly.

Finally to the Netherlands, where social investment is being put to creative use to purchase four Amsterdam brothels. A new foundation called My Red Light will oversee the fund set up to finance the scheme, which describes itself as "the first sex company in the Netherlands and Europe in which sex workers have control". You can't see it catching on here.

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