Planet Charity: Moon Unit returns home

Plus: Charity sleepout disrupted by homeless and Bolivia rejects Bill Gates' fowl offering

A cat that went missing eight years ago from its home in south-east London has turned up in the care of a charity in Paris, France. An animal shelter, called L'association d'Aide et de Defense des Animaux en Detresse, took in the well-travelled feline after she was found at a railway station. Its owners, Marna Gilligan and Sean Purdy, were stunned when they received an email from the microchipping database Petlog saying the moggie, called Moon Unit, was safe and well. The owners, who are no longer a couple, decided that the appropriately named Purdy would take custody of Moon Unit. How she came to be in Paris is likely to remain a mystery.

In Adelaide, Australia, a charity sleepout involving a group of 120 business executives was disrupted after some actual homeless people turned up. The group was raising funds for the charity St Vincent de Paul, when half a dozen homeless people began complaining that the participants did not understand what it was like to be homeless. The fact that executives were just settling down for the night in a fenced-off area with marquees made it hard to argue back.

In Bolivia, the government has taken umbrage with Bill Gates's efforts to donate 100,000 chickens to developing countries. The Gates Foundation announced in June that it was working with the charity Heifer International for a project called Coop Dreams, which aims to distribute the animals among countries with high poverty levels. But Cesar Cocarico, Bolivia's minister of rural development and land, said the country already produced 197 million of the animals, with the implication that the donation would be, well, chicken feed.

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