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Source: Alliance press release

The Animal Agriculture Alliance indicated that charitable donations to animal-rights groups rose 5% in 2006, the latest period available. And donations to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the extreme animal-rights group, 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. The report also revealed that the largest animal-rights activist group in the USA, 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.

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), based in upscale Darien, CT, boosted donations 12%. 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 expanded by about 5%, reaching $295.8 million. This follows a year where HSUS successfully raised its revenues by a stunning 62%, but overall donations to groups with animal-rights campaigns was essentially flat.

Though revenue for groups with animal-rights and anti-animal agriculture programs was up, total assets actually shrank 4%, despite a relatively benign investing climate in which the S&P 500 rose nearly 14% for the year. Animal-rights behemoth HSUS had assets decline 3%, slightly less than the average. However the group still retains enough assets to fund itself for over 2 years and 2 months at its 2006 budget level. This 3% decrease hardly makes a dent in the $89.1 million asset increase the group experienced in 2005.

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