The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently released information about the increase in charitable donations to animal rights groups. Overall, those donations increased 5% in 2006 (the last period available), and donations to PETA expanded 17%.

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. The report also revealed that the largest animal-rights activist group in the United States, Humane Society for 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 the striking 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.

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 million to $5.0 million. 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 $295.8 million.

The livestock industry needs to keep tabs on what animal activists are doing which includes where they are getting their funding, how much, and what they are spending it on.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has a lot of information available on its website. For full information on activist group funding, asset changes and salary information for key staff, visit the password-protected Members section of their website at If you are not an Alliance member but wish to become one, visit the website and click on Join Now.

Total donations to animal-rights groups, 2006

Given/Earned                                                         2006

                                                                                 ($ millions)

Humane Society of the United States/
   Fund for Animals/DDAL/DDAF                        130.2

Massachusetts SPCA                                           46.9

People for the Ethical
   Treatment of Animals (PETA)                          30.2

Physicians Committee for
     Responsible Medicine (PCRM)                      7.0

PCRM Foundation                                                  6.1

Friends of Animals (FoA)                                      5.6

Foundation to Support
   Animal Protection (FSAP)                                  5.1

Farm Sanctuary                                                      4.5

Animal Legal Defense Fund                               3.8

Compassion in World Farming                          3.0


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