Charitable donations to animal rights groups increase

by Editor
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Charitable donations to animal-rights groups rose 5% in 2006, according to a new analysis by the Animal Agriculture Alliance.

Donations to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) increased by 17%. Additionally, donations to PETA’s so-called Foundation to Support Animal Protection (FSAP) also posted a double-digit increase, jumping 18%.

The findings come from the 2007 Animal People Watchdog Report on 150 Animal Charities – the newspaper Animal People’s annual review of animal charity budgets which is based upon Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filings the groups are required to file.

AAA’s analysis also showed that the largest animal-rights activist group in the United States, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), increased donations by 9%, including its subsidiary organizations the Fund for Animals, Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) and Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). Importantly, this increase builds on a 62% increase in donations the organization garnered in 2005. It is important to note that all numbers for HSUS exclude Humane Society International, the international branch of HSUS, which was estimated to have revenues of $3 million.

Other groups making big gains included Friends of Animals (FoA), based in Darien, Conn,, with a 12% increase.. In 2005, FoA, raised its revenues about 27%, from $3.9 million to $5.0 million. Outside the USA, the British group, Compassion in World Farming (CWF) more than doubled its donations, exploding 114%.

Total donations to animal-rights groups in 2006 equaled approximately $295.8 million.