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National Animal Interest Alliance

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Causes: Animals

Mission: Animal welfare education and awareness through publications and conferences

Programs: Animal welfare education and awareness through publications and conferences

animal welfare education and awareness through publications and conferences

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Surendra S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The resources all go towards advocating for animal interest

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fabulous group of people working for the WELFARE of animals and the rights of animal owners.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization serving the interests of animals AND the people who care for them. We need more groups like NAIA and less animal rights groups.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best animal protection organization in the nation - bar none! Working to protect our rights as well as the animals!

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA gets 5 stars for being a true animal welfare organization. This organization promotes the humane treatment of all animals and opposes all abuse. This organization also supports the rights of animal ownership and works to expose the animal rights agenda as well as supporting the American mainstream human/animal relationship -- which is why extremist animal rights people have issues with the NAIA. The terms animal welfare and animal rights are not interchangeable and the fact that many animal rights people are trying to deceptively call themselves animal welfare doesn’t make them such. The NAIA deserves the support of all animal loving mainstream America.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an organization that is constantly working to strengthen the role of dogs in our society. Fighting for reasonable animal legislation and against unreasonable and dangerous legislation. Protecting and promoting responsible breeding of all animals. Dispensing information and educating anyone willing to listen. I am a former dog breeder and showed them for many years. I own and run a boarding kennel and own goats and a donkey. I am always looking for information from NAIA and am never disappointed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are people out there whose goal is to have no more purposeful dog breeding, with the ultimate goal of no dog ownership by humans. Thank goodness NAIA exists to help advocate for animal lovers who disagree! Purebred dogs are wonderful beings, just like mixed breed dogs, and there should be no shame in striving to create purebred dogs or in owning purebred or mixed breed dogs. NAIA works to protect the interests of many others who work with animals, be they elephants or horses or cattle. NAIA understands the bond between humans and animals and the intensity of this connection between the animals and those who devote themselves to animals. NAIA is advocating for the love of and concern for animals.

1 Tracy98

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group. .protecting our rights to own and work with animals.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA has gone to bat over and over for the rights of animals, especially dogs and cats. They aren't in the business to euthanize a healthy animal and have empathy and understanding of pure-bred breeders (not the enemy!) as well as pet owners whose rights are being diminished every week.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that gets true and factual information out about animal welfare.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that truly advocates for animal welfare.

2 ShelterVet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA is the only group in the country working to preserve all of our relationships with animals. They are true animal welfarists and they treasure the human-animal bond. They support the Right to care for and own animals. LOve them

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA is a true animal welfare organization and their money goes to support the human/animal bond and not for the big overpaid CEO's of other animal rights organization. There is a big difference between animal welfare and animal rights. One works for the "welfare" of animals and the other works to take that "right" away.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA advocates for all animals including those in the agricultural industry. This organization is a true collaborate effort across industries and interests. Excellent resource for information on animal welfare issues.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA organization promotes the humane treatment of all animals and opposes all abuse. This organization also supports the rights of animal ownership and works to expose the animal rights agenda which is why extremist animal rights people have issues with the NAIA. The terms animal welfare and animal rights are not interchangeable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA is a tremendous resource and wealth of information. Thank for all that this group does for the entire pet industry!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The wealth of knowledge and experience in all things concerning animals is amazing! The love for animals and the true concern for animal welfare is clear to any animal lover who ever attended a NAIA conference.
An outstanding group!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.