My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for National Animal Interest Alliance, Portland, OR, USA
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.
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?
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?