Charities that Protect Animals

When you are considering donating to an animal rights group, be aware that not all animal protection groups are the same. There are two broad categories of groups that seek animal protection: animal rights groups and animal welfare groups.

Animal rights groups are the groups that tend to be better known. They include the ADL (Animal Defense League) and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).  These groups generally argue that animals should have the same rights as human beings. Most members feel that animals should be viewed as non-human people and should not be used in any manner that people would not be used, including ownership.

Animal welfare groups include groups such as ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund), the Blue Cross, Ducks Unlimited, and WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals).

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a multi-faceted organization, has factions that belong to both groups.

Animal welfare groups teach that animals should be treated well as they are being used by humans or kept as pets. If they are killed for food or fur, this should be done humanely. These groups agree with animals being used for scientific research and being kept as pets, but not abused in the process. Animal rights groups would balk at each of these points.

Animal welfare groups want you to consider how the animals are treated while they are alive. They feel it is permissible to eat animals as long as they lived a good life and were humanely killed. Animal rights groups are usually vegetarian and abhor the thought that humans eat any kind of animal. They actively seek the abolition of any form of killing animals for human use.

Both animal rights and animal welfare groups are seeking to make life better for animals. Before you make your donation, consider your own beliefs and carefully choose the organization that will use your money they way you intend it to be used.