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Charitable Donations to Animal Rights Groups Increase 5 Percent

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

Charitable donations to animal-rights groups rose five percent 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 percent. Additionally, donations to PETA’s so-called Foundation to Support Animal Protection (FSAP) also posted a double-digit increase, jumping 18 percent.

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 nine percent, 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 percent 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 percent increase.. In 2005, FoA, raised its revenues about 27 percent, 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 percent.

Total donations to animal-rights groups in 2006 equaled approximately $295.8 million.
For more information and to view a chart of the charitable donations, click here: http://www.animalagalliance.org/main/home.cfm?Section=2008_0318_Charitable&Category=PressReleases

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