Steep increase in donations to animal-rights groups
The Animal Agriculture Alliance has indicated that
charitable donations to animal-rights groups rose 5% in 2006, the latest period
available, with significant increases to PETA.
Donations to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) increased
by 17% in 2006. Additionally, donations to PETA's '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. The report also revealed that the largest animal-rights activist group
in the US, Humane Society for the United States (HSUS), increased donations by
9%. Importantly, this increase builds on the impressive 62% increase in
donations the organisation received in 2005.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance reports that the extreme approach of PETA
may have garnered markedly more funds in 2006, but some more moderate groups
also made big gains. The moderate vegan group Friends of Animals (FoA) boosted
donations 12%. In 2005, FoA, raised its revenues about 27%, from $3.9 mln to
$5.0 mln. Outside the US, the British group, Compassion in World Farming (CWF)
more than doubled its donations, exploding 114%.
Total donations to animal-rights groups expanded by about 5%, reaching
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