Back in November, Goldman Sachs was successfully guilted into adopting a bunch of orphaned kitty cats. They were found on the site of bank's new headquarters, and after being publicly shamed for not taking care of the furballs, Lloyd and Co really had no other choice but to take 'em in themselves. So I don't know if the Masters of the Universe now have some sort of reputation as animal lovers, or if, like everyone else, PETA has figured out that Goldman is up against a wall, and basically has to meet any demands made on them, otherwise risk looking really bad. Here's the note PETA sent to Lloyd today, re: donating bonus money to "animals who lost their homes in foreclosure." Consider using it as a form letter for whatever you'd like to try and get out of the LB (I like how it starts out light and congratulatory and quickly turns dark, by alluding to how bad it would hurt a member of Team Goldman to suddenly and mysteriously lose his/her beloved four-legged friend).
January 12, 2010
Lloyd C. Blankfein
Dear Mr. Blankfein:
As the world's largest animal rights organization, with more than 2 million members and supporters, PETA is happy to learn that Goldman Sachs might require its executives and top managers to donate a higher percentage of their salaries to charity as part of its public relations strategy. We are not asking for any of that largesse--just congratulating you and making a suggestion that I hope you will like.
I imagine that most of your top staff has a beloved dog or cat at home. Please remember for a moment that when people went through foreclosures, many dumped their animals at the nearest animal shelter or pound. Other animals were thrown out onto the street, and some were found, sometimes dead, in the house that had been vacated.
Most animal shelters operate on a shoestring budget and do all that they can to pick up, house, and care for dozens of homeless animals every day. Fewer than half the animals who make it into an animal shelter make it out again because shelters have such a small operating budget.
Goldman Sachs staff donations would mean the world to struggling animal shelter programs. The money could help pay for advertising campaigns for adoptions and spay/neuter clinics, which stop more homeless animals from being brought into the world, as well as food and veterinary care for needy animals.
Please consider sharing with those who have lost not only their homes but also the families they love because of the foreclosure crisis. I would be happy to talk with you about this further. Thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk