Animal-rights groups continue to pull in more money. According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, donations to animal-rights groups rose 5 percent in 2006 —  the latest period available — to reach $295.8 million.



The findings come from the 2007 Animal People Watchdog Report on 150 Animal Charities.  The newspaper Animal People reviews of animal charity budgets each year based on the required Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filings.



Specifically, donations to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals increased by 17 percent; and PETA’s Foundation to Support Animal Protection also posted a double-digit increase, jumping 18 percent.

The report also revealed that the largest animal-rights activist group in the country-- Humane Society of the United States-- received 9 percent more donations. This includes its subsidiary organizations the Fund for Animals, Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation. Worth noting is the fact that the increase builds on the dramatic 62 percent gain the organization saw in 2005. It's also important to note that all numbers for HSUS exclude Humane Society International, HSUS' international branch, estimated to have revenues of $3 million.

Other groups making gains, include the moderate vegan group Friends of Animals, it increased 12 percent. In 2005, This group raised its from $3.9 million to $5 million. Outside of the United States, the British group, Compassion in World Farming jumped by 114 percent.

Activist Group

2006

2005

Change

(millions)

Humane Society of the United States/Fund for Animals/DDAL/DDAF**

$130.2

$119.9

9%

Massachusetts SPCA

$46.9

$49.6

-5%

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

$30.2

$25.8

17%

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

$7.0

$7.0

0%

PCRM Foundation

$6.1

$6.1

0%

Friends of Animals

$5.6

$5.0

12%

Foundation to Support Animal Protection

$5.1

$4.3

18%

Farm Sanctuary

$4.5

$4.5

0%

Animal Legal Defense Fund

$3.8

$4.0*

-5%

Compassion in World Farming

$3.0

$1.4

114%

* Number appears as reported on Charity Navigator, a third-party charity evaluation site.

** Includes Humane Society of the United States, Fund for Animals, Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation.

Revenue for groups with animal-rights and anti-animal-agriculture programs was up, but total assets actually shrank 4 percent. HSUS' assets declined 3 percent, but the group has enough assets to fund itself for more than 2 years at its 2006 budget level.

For more information on activist-group funding, asset changes and salary information for key staff, you can visit the password-protected Members section of the Animal Agriculture Alliance Web site at www.animalagalliance.org. If you are not an Alliance member, but would like to receive this information and other membership benefits, visit the Alliance Web site and click on Join Now.

Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance