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December 11, 2013

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December 11, 2013

This is the email I sent to Great Nonprofits after I saw they were standing behind NAIA.

I found your website for the first time from Transition Project, which you awarded a great nonprofit status in 2013. I am interested in volunteering working with animals and saw that you are standing
behind the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA).

After a bit of research, it is very clear to me that NAIA has no interest in animal rights, and I wondered how you could promote them without research of your own.

Consider:
1) NAIA was founded by breeders and biomedical researchers. SourceWatch explains they have a nonprofit front, are funded by agribusiness to lobby for them, and lobby for human use of animals while remaining tax-exempt.
2) Wikipedia simply copies the mission statement from NAIA's website, then goes on to say they were against CA Prop 2, which was strongly supported by the Humane Society. Also, NAIA works to categorize animal and environmental activists as terrorists; the ACLU is against this because people have the right to protest. Wikipedia goes on to say funding comes from people and trapping, hunting, rodeo, etc., interests.
3) NAIA's website supports animal experimentation and supports circuses and private animal entertainers. True animal lovers know that "care and treatment" rhetoric is inadequate--to get an animal to do human bidding requires removing him or her from a natural environment, caging and feeding an unnatural diet, and hurting the animal to force him or her to do unnatural things like walk on a ball or jump through fire, or get cosmetics in their eyes.
4) All of NAIA's activities seem to come with a statement about good care and treatment that make them seem to be an animal welfare organization, but in reality they lobby FOR the USE of animals in ways that animal rights groups heartily disagree with. They are deeply involved in legislation and write many letters. See the Campaigns section under Issues on their website. For example, they are against pet consumer protection and for breeders; they blame humane organizations for the problem. On the internet, NAIA speaks of "reasonable solutions" and how "man is an integral part of the solution" much like vague political statements that poorly hide their true interests to anyone who takes a second glance.

I would never volunteer for an animal organization that doesn't shelter, rescue, protect, preserve habitat, or otherwise promote the INTERESTS of animals. The NAIA actively promotes their own interests and human interests, which directly counters animal interests. And yes, all living things have self interest. An animal welfare organization should support the interests of animals. An organization that pretends to be while doing the opposite is worse than groups who openly support the use and abuse of animals.

Can you explain why you would find NAIA a great nonprofit?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 30, 2013

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April 30, 2013

Per their own website, they support "circuses, zoos, wild animal parks, aquariums, and private entertainers". They support animals in research & using animals in schools "at all levels of education". They clearly take umbrage with the term "animal rights" or using "guardian" instead of "owner". (Because animals are our property to do with whatever we wish, right?!) They are PRO- ear-cropping, tail-docking, debarking dogs, declawing cats. They seemingly support treating animals any which way as long as humans benefit. This is clearly a front-group whose main goal is the status-quo, limited (if any) protections for non-human animals, and opposing true animal welfare groups in any & all situations. They should be investigated for fraud & misrepresentation!!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 7, 2011

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December 7, 2011

Strand/Naia should be investigated for fraud/misrepresentation for claiming to be an animal "welfare" organization in their monetary solitication campaigns. Animal "use" enterprises are NOT animal "welfare" organizations. That is why SourceWatch.org has Strand's Naia listed as a "Front Group" - i.e. they are not who they claim to be. - Seal hunt, fur ranchers, puppy mills, using animals for medical research, Iditirod, dog racing, horse racing, animal trappers....... are NOT animal "welfare" organizations. They are animal USE and they are FOR PROFIT businesses. This is fraud and should be reported to the IRS. Ironically, it's Naia and their Akc followers who are the main pusher behind the Hsus/Peta/Aspca smear campaigns. - Note: I wouldn't have given it ONE star but this platform forced me to choose at least "one".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The numerous smear comments across the internet against any person/org who speaks up for an animal's true welfare.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down - investigate for tax fraud.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

Internet

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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The NAIA is an organization the helps to educate people about the difference between animal welfare (the humane treatment of all animals) and animal rights (the radical groups that wish to abolish animals altogether). They have presented facts about the animal rights groups such as the HSUS and PETA who dupe the public into giving them money thinking that they are helping to take care of animals when in fact a VERY small percentage of those funds goes to anything but lobbying politicians to take away our right to love a pet, eat meat or eggs, wear leather, hunt and so on. They present facts without hype and I for one appreciate their unbiased information.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being made aware of laws that would not allow me to love my four legged friends and learning the difference between animal welfare and animal rights organizations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it and allow more people to be made aware of the issues we are facing today.

August 23, 2011
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August 23, 2011
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The NAIA is a lobbying organization for the animal industries. Factory farms, puppy mills, research labs that use animals, and the horse slaughter industry are all represented by the NAIA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

There opposition to laws that would curb puppy mills and their support of the greedy horse slaughter industry.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure the NAIA admitted it was a corporate front group not a non-profit.

August 23, 2011
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August 23, 2011
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NAIA cares about animal welfare - all of us are responsible for the animals in our care. I appreciate the balanced approach NAIA takes in protecting the rights of animals, and defending animal lovers & caregivers from overbearing legislation. There are many more people raising, breeding and caring for animals PROPERLY than those who are cruel and neglectful - but laws that purport to HELP animals by legislating new 'punishments' or fines for mistreatment of animals often have devastating results affecting law-abiding, caring, and responsible people. Please support NAIA !! Donate today!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i use it to review animal legislation

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise it more

August 23, 2011
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August 23, 2011
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NAIA is NOT an animal welfare organization.

It is an industry front group defending animal cruelty for profit. Look at its board of directors: circuses, horse slaughterers, factory farmers, rodeo organizers, puppy mill apologists, lab animal breeders and vivisectionists, fur farmers...
it's a Who's Who of corporate animal abusers.

This group exists for one purpose, and one purpose only: to defend the ability of corporate interests to profit from the abuse of animals.

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NAIA undermines animal welfare initiatives and demonizes legitimate animal protection charities. They have little influence on the public, but are heavily involved in lobbying, especially in protecting irresponsible breeders.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Call for an immediate IRS investigation into this questionable organization. According to NAIA's 2009 Form 990, more than 61% of their income was used to pay their employees lavish salaries.

August 23, 2011
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August 23, 2011
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This does not qualify as a charity! It is a front group for industries that exploit animals for profit. It looks out for profits, not animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen how they deceive people into thinking they legitimately care about animals, when it's a ruse to gain sympathy for those who exploit animals for profit.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Disband it.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

It's a well known adversary of animal welfare efforts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 21, 2011

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August 21, 2011

Thank God that NAIA is there to counter the absurdities & misrepresentations of the animal rights fanatics. NAIA is concerned with genuine animal welfare. They focus on sensible, enforceable legislation that is balanced & reality based, not the heart-tugging, hysteria of so many other groups.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have been effective in working with legislators to dispel inaccurate pseudo-"information."

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their efforts

August 21, 2011

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August 21, 2011

I have been aware of the outstanding efforts of this organization for many years. Dedicated volunteers from across the spectrum of people who work with and depend upon animals devote countless hours to sharing information in support of animal welfare. Professionals share their expertise and help the public keep a sense of balance regarding the human-animal bond. NAIA represents a voice of reason and acts in the interest of all of us...human and non-human animals alike.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning more about specific standards that exist in various animal use communities. The research behind their "white" papers is extraordinary.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to engage even more sectors of the animal use community, specifically biotech.

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