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Animals get greater charity share
Enable poster
Enable has launched a new poster campaign
A charity for children and adults with learning disabilities has launched a campaign highlighting the greater donations given to animal charities.

Enable Scotland said animal charities received nearly twice as much funding as disability ones.

Its new campaign features posters of adults with learning disabilities alongside straplines like "If I ate out of a dog bowl would you like me more?".

But the SSPCA said the campaign could be harmful to some charities.

The posters will appear on buses and trains throughout Scotland over a six week period.

The campaign, launched in conjunction with travel company FirstGroup, is backed by River City stars Paula Sage, who has Down's Syndrome, and Lorraine McIntosh.

There are a lot of people charities who can apply for lottery funding but animal welfare charities are not eligible
Doreen Graham, SSPCA

It aims to increase the support given to charities for people with disabilities by comparing the amount of public donations received by animal charities.

John Spence, president of Enable Scotland, said: "This will be our first national advertising campaign and we felt it was time to shout about the issues that are closest to our hearts.

"At present there are 120,000 people with learning disabilities in Scotland and they are desperate to be independent, find a job or possibly just find a friend that will make their everyday lives less insular."

Ms Sage added: "This is a really strong campaign that will make people think differently about children and adults with learning disabilities in Scotland today."

But Doreen Graham, from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said: "Charities strive to be innovative in their fundraising methods but there is a danger that by doing so, they could harm the work of another charity."

She added: "There are a lot of people charities who can apply for lottery funding but animal welfare charities are not eligible.

"We are only funded by the Scottish public who have extremely good hearts and many people are regular donors who also donate to people charities as well.

"Scotland is a big place with lots of problems so all areas need to be looked at."

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