Pressure campaigns definitely work. We managed to finally get Rebecca Rodriguez of One Animal World to send 200 (English) books to Indonesia-based anti-wildlife trafficking group, Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group for their “reading house” in Sumatra.
Thanks to our on-going scrutiny and pressure campaign, Rodriguez donated $2700 directly to Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group (who weren’t even named beneficiaries in the campaign) as a way to thank them for being able to utilize the sting video of the “starving Sun Bears of Bandung Zoo” in her GoFundMe fundraising campaign – money which was utilized for the construction of a “reading house” (stick house) in the remote jungles of Sumatra. Rodriguez then spent another approximately $250 of $65 000 raised in her fundraiser on a “worthwhile” animal-related mission.
That is, she spent $250 on sending 200 English books into a remote location where numerous Indonesian dialects are spoken. We wonder how much Rodriguez is spending on translators to decipher and translate the English books since English is not read, written, spoken or understood in Sumatra?
How much of the donated $65 000 was spent on helping any animals? None!
How much was spent of $65 000 raised on any legitimate, named beneficiary of the campaign? None!
How much was spent on any practical, worthwhile mission in Indonesia? None!
Furthermore, how many books were of any use whatsoever since they cannot be understood by locals? None!
Confusingly, Rebecca A. Rodriguez of One Animal World is still soliciting donations for the already completed “reading house” in Sumatra under “current projects”! The reading house was built in around July 2017. The construction is complete. Very strange indeed and highly dishonest and misleading!