Oxfam International released a new ad yesterday that depicts a humanoid donkey and elephant enjoying an exorbitant dinner/food fight on the taxpayer’s dime. Mr. Elephant and Ms. Donkey are shown clinking wine glasses, dueling with baguettes, and happily dancing next to their mess of wasted food.
The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness about the red tape surrounding food aid regulation that Oxfam claims is costing the U.S. $500 million. Reducing these regulations, they say, can put that money to better use and extend aid to an additional 17 million people.
“It is a call-to-action for Americans to speak-up and tell their members of Congress that they’re sick of special interest giveaways that cost lives and tax dollars,” the press release reads. According to a supplemental infographic, the “special interest” is that 75% of U.S. food aid has to be shipped from the U.S. via U.S. vessels, which essentially puts aid money back in the U.S.. More aid for Ethiopia means less of that money to the U.S., which can be good or bad depending on who you think needs/deserves that money more.