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Many charities use charity donations to fund or undertake animal testing. This is the case despite there are alternative testing methods that are humane and more accurate. Other charities use donations to cause animal suffering in other ways, such as animal gifting. Many people have no idea their charity donations are being used to inflict misery and agony on animals.

Thankfully, many other charities are not involved in animal testing. Many choose to use humane research methods and condemn animal gifting. You can help stop animal cruelty by only supporting charities that do not use charity donations to fund animal suffering.

On this page you have access to lists letting you know the position of each charity with regards to animal research.

You can also Learn of charities that are the cause of animal cruelty in other forms, such as animal gifting. These can be charities like Oxfam and Heifer International, who ship animals such as goats and cows to poor families in poor parts of the world. Among other things, these families cannot afford veterinary treatment for the animal. The whole process results in these animals suffering.

If you would like to learn about animals being tested on in labs, see this Animal Experimentation page.

Image: Frightened lab monkeys hugging each other for comfort. Source

Lab Monkeys Holding Each Other
Lab Monkeys Holding Each Other

“Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: ‘Because animals are like us.’
Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are not like us.’
Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.”
~ Prof. Charles R. Magel, pointing out double standards

Which Charities Do And Don’t Fund Animal Research?

If you want to find out if your charity donations are being used to torture animals, this alphabetical list will help you.

It tells you whether medical charities:

  • Conduct or funds test on animals
  • Haven’t ruled out funding testing on animals in the future
  • Are members of the AMRC

The AMRC are the Association of Medical Research Charities, is the main representative body of medical charities in the UK. They are advocates for animal research and has recently introduced a requirement that all its members must include a declaration of support for animal experiments on their websites. This means that many of the UK’s biggest medical research charities are forced to support vivisection

Charities that are currently conducting or funding animal research appear on the list in red.

If you would like to help stop charities testing on animals, this website tells you ways you can help. You can begin by contacting charities who fund animal research and telling them they will never again receive charity donations from you, until they change to humane research methods.

Image: Stop your charity donations hurting innocent animal victims of charities who test on animals. They should change to more accurate, humane testing methods. Source

Victims of Charity Logo
Victims of Charity Logo

Animal Testing: Charities In Categories Of Type

You may prefer this list, as it is categorised into types of medical health charity, such as cancer, or cardio charities. It then tells you which of these do and do not test on animals, so you can see if your charity donations are used to hurt animals.

Image: Do your charity donations fund cruel animal research? Source

Charity Donations Animal Torture Does Your Charity Test on Animals ?
Does Your Charity Test on Animals ?

Animal Testing – Good, Bad, And Undetermined Charities

NAVS, the National Anti-Vivisection Society, provide a list of Good and Bad charities, so you can see who uses charity donations to fund animal suffering.

You can choose whether you would like to see an alphabetical list, or whether you would prefer to see them in Good, Good With Caution, Bad, and Undetermined categories.

NAVS also offer a pocket sized Good Charities Guide you can download.

Image: NAVS logo. Source

National Anti Vivisection Society Logo
National Anti Vivisection Society Logo

Australian Charities Who Do Not Test On Animals

The Humane Charities List has been compiled based on Australian charities that responded to a questionnaire, and signed a declaration before being approved.

If a medical or health related charity is not listed, it does not automatically mean that the charity does undertake or fund tests on animals, it could just mean they did not respond to the questionnaire. In this case, it is recommended  that you should conduct your own enquiries into the charity regarding animal testing.

Medical or health charities in Australia who would like to be on this humane charities list can apply here.

Image: Find out if your donations to charity fund cruel animal experimentation.

Charity Donations Animal Torture Beagles Are Often Used For Testing
Beagles Are Often Used For Testing

“Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.”
~ George Bernard Shaw on the immorality of animal research

Charities Fighting Against Animal Testing

Below are just a few organisations fighting against animal testing. They need your help to continue to put pressure on charities and other animal testers to stop the cruel practice. On their websites you can find many ways you can help.

Animal Free Research UK (formerly Dr Hadwen Trust)

Animal research UK is the UK’s leading medical research charity that funds and promotes exclusively non-animal techniques to replace animal experiments.

Image: Animal free Research UK was formerly known as the Dr Hadwen Trust. Source

Animal Free Research UK Logo
Animal Free Research UK Logo


A grass roots animal rights group currently campaigning to end the use of animals in research carried out by Oxford University in the UK.

European Coalition to End Animal Experiments

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) aim to eliminate ALL animal testing within the European Union. They have been the voice for helpless lab animals for nearly 25 years. In that time, they’ve ended animal testing for cosmetics in the EU and have delivered globally recognized cruelty-free standards for cosmetics, the Humane Cosmetics Standard.

Charity Donations Animal Torture Cruel Cosmetics Banned Across The EU
Cruel Cosmetics Banned Across The EU


PETA’s page about fighting against regulatory testing on animals is filled with information about animal testing and the resources they are using to fight it. It highlights their accomplishments including donating more than one million dollars to find non-animal testing methods. They received an award from the Institiute for In Vitro Sciences. They have proposed many different solutions for the United States to shift away from the use of animals in testing products for toxicity. You can help support PETA here in various ways and help to bring about change.

Centre For Animals & Social Justice (Formerly Uncaged)

Campaigns against animal experimentation.

Physicians Commitee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Since 1985, the Physicians Committee, based in Washington DC, has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods. Their staff of physicians, dietitians, and scientists are working with policymakers, industry, the medical community, the media, and the public to create a better future for people and animals. 

Image: The beginning of an animal testing infograph poster. Source

Animal Testing Infograph
Animal Testing Infograph

Cruelty Free International

CFI is the the world’s leading single-issue organisation campaigning to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.

Cruelty Free International’s dedicated team combine legal and scientific expertise, research skills, media liaison, public campaigning, undercover investigations and political lobbying in order to work effectively for an end to animal experiments and their replacement with modern and humane alternatives. If you would like to help, there are suggestions, here. If you would like to donate, you can do so here.

Charity Donations Animal Torture Vote Cruelty Free Logo
Vote Cruelty Free Logo

Beagle Freedom Project

Beagle Freedom Project is a project of ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education), a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to rescuing animals in need. They also make educational films exposing animal abusing industries. They try to educate and change public perception to save lives and end animal exploitation.

The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home. They offer a cruelty-cutter app to help you check which items are cruelty free when shopping.

National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)

NAVS has spearheaded the adoption of advanced, non-animal methods; exposed laboratory animal suffering and breaches of regulations with their undercover investigations; funded non-animal scientific and medical research; educated public and media about the flaws of animal research and provided legislators detailed briefings to support the replacement of animals in research with advanced methods. You can get involved here, or help NAVS continue their work to protect and save animals by donating what you can afford.

Image: NAVS is the world’s first body to challenge the use of animals in research. Source

Vietnam Moving Away From Cosmetic Animal Testing
Vietnam Moving Away From Cosmetic Animal Testing

New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)

Founded in 1895, NEAVS is based in Boston in the US. It is a national animal advocacy organisation dedicated to ending the use of animals in research, testing, and science education. Through research, outreach, education, legislation, and policy change, NEAVS advocates for replacing animals with modern alternatives that are ethically, humanely, and scientifically superior.

If you would like to find how you can help animals through NEAVS, you can do so here. If you wish, you can donate here. Their publications can be found here.

Image: NEAVS advocates for replacing animals with modern alternatives that are ethically, humanely, and scientifically superior. Source 

Charity Donations Animal Torture One Too Many Poster
One Too Many Poster

John Hopkins Center For Alternatives To Animal Testing (CAAT)

CAAT promotes humane science by supporting the creation, development, validation, and use of alternatives to animals in research, product safety testing, and education.

CAAT follows a philosophy known as the 3Rs of alternatives:

  • Replacement: Don’t use animals if a non-animal method exists that can answer the scientific question at hand.
  • Reduction: If you must use animals, keep the number to the minimum necessary to answer the question.
  • Refinement: If you must use animals, keep any pain or distress they experience to a minimum.

Gifts to CAAT can be made in many ways, for many different purposes, read more.

Image: Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) Website. Source

John Hopkings Bloomberg School of Public Health
John Hopkings Bloomberg School of Public Health

Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)

SHAC was a group strictly focused on animal testing at the Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) laboratories in the UK, which are one of the largest in Europe. HLS is a contract research organisation that kills approximately 75,000 animals each year. They perform testing for an enormous range of clients, including charities. They test chemicals, pesticides, cosmetics, foodstuffs and drugs on animals. SHAC obtained undercover footage of staff hitting and shouting at animals which resulted in HLS having their animal testing license temporarily suspended for six months. They brought HLS to the brink of bankruptcy and it had to be bailed out by the UK Government. Although HLS continues, SHAC has all but disbanded.

The Cruelty Of Animal Gifting

Some charities do not undertake or fund animal testing, but they use charity donations to cause animal cruelty in other ways.
Many human aid organisations, such as Christian Aid, Send a Cow, World Vision, Oxfam, Farm Friends, and Heifer International, claim to work against poverty by donating live animals to families in developing countries. Most animals in these countries live or work in deplorable conditions with little sustenance, and this often adds to the overall suffering rather than reducing it.

Cruel Treatment And Conditions

Around the world, animals who are raised for food are exploited in a variety of ways. They are forced to undergo cruel procedures such as dehorning and castration without any pain relief. Many are left chained or penned in small spaces or suffer from lingering illnesses or injuries. And when they are no longer considered useful, these animals often face cruel, extremely crowded transport to slaughter and meet a gruesome end when their throats are hacked at with a blunt knife.

Many recipients of animal gifting programs struggle to provide even the most basic care to the animals they receive.

Adding To The Family’s Burden

Having another mouth to feed can significantly add to a family’s burden, and the animals frequently sufferfrom neglect, malnutrition, dehydration, lack of veterinary care, and lack of shelter from temperature extremes. That is on top of the stress caused to the animals by being transported. Some animals do not make it there alive.

Charity Donations Animal Torture The Cruelty of Animal Gifting
The Cruelty of Animal Gifting

Using Precious Water Rescources

Raising animals requires up to 10 times more water than growing crops for direct consumption, yet charities send animals to drought hit  areas. In these places, there is not enough water for humans, let alone animals.

Instead of helping impoverished communities in the developing world flourish, animal gifting charities are using charity donations to spread disease, damage the environment, cause animal suffering, and wipe out vital water supplies.

World Land Trust: Animal Gifting “Grossly Irresponsible”

In this article, the World Land Trust considers animal gifting grossly irresponsible and calls it “madness… environmentally unsound and economically disastrous…”

OpEd News reports that Former Indian minister for social welfare and animal protection, Maneka Gandhi,explains that when goats are allowed or forced by consequences to graze:

“Each goat eats all the grass and shrubbery on two hectares of land a year. A goat destroys the fertility of land and [the value of] any milk or dung it may give is very little compared to the havoc it wreaks……within two years, the people who get goats have an even poorer lifestyle.

There are village quarrels about community grazing; children are taken out of school to graze the goats; water becomes even scarcer……Two goats can reduce the amount of farmland available to local people and result in villages becoming deserted, while a cow will drink up to 90 litres of water every single day. 

Some agricultural economists began pointing out flaws in the strategy during the 1970s, notably that many recipients of gift animals were unable to feed them to maturity, let alone able to feed and raise offspring.”

Most of the animals will suffer painful deaths due to disease, deprivation, starvation, or inhumane slaughter.

Image: Water is scarce and animals provide direct competition to humans for supplies. Source

Human and Animal Competition For Water
Human and Animal Competition For Water

Poor Use Of Land

In Ethiopia, less than 100 pounds of meat and a few gallons of milk are produced per acre of land used.

Teff, a nutritional grain, can be grown in those same areas by the same farmers at a yield of 2,000 to 3,000 pounds per acre. Teff has been shown to grow well in water-stressed areas and it is pest resistant. Yet animal gifting charities promote water intensive animal farming, even in these water-scarce areas.

Not Ignorance, Just A Cynical Ploy By Charities

A UK newspaper reported that John Burton, director of The Land Trust, said that animal gifting actually hindered those in poverty, instead of helping them. He added:

“I was prepared to put this down to ignorance of the issues last year, but now it seems utterly cynical.They seem to be doing this just to make money at Christmas. It’s a gimmick.”

These charities do not even guarantee that 100% of your donation will go to what you have donated for. They use it in other areas, including overheads.

Image: The director of The Land Trust described charities who promoted animal gifting as a cynical money making scheme. Source

Charity Donations Animal Torture The Land Trusts View on Animal Gifting
The Land Trusts View on Animal Gifting

In addition, most people who are not used to milk have become lactose intolerant after weaning. This is because milk is very specifically created for infants of ones own species, not adults of any species. Suddenly being provided with milk can make people very ill with stomach pain, gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and even vomiting. Consuming milk from other animals is also associated with allergies, asthma, and a host of autoimmune disorders.

A Better Alternative

An all round better alternative is Crop or Plant gifting. It uses a fraction of the water, provides better nutrition, and 100% of your donation will go to it. This is not the case in most animal gifting programs.

Image: Families who have lost farmed animals to drought and have swapped to growing crops using micro-irrigation, now have food security all year round and good nutrition, as well as access to healthcare and education as a result of a steady income. Source

The Impact of Drought
The Impact of Drought

How To Most Effectively Spread Awareness

Would you like to help make the world a kinder place by helping stop terrified animals being put through horrific cruelty? By helping to change the habits of consumers by raising awareness, you can do that.

Spreading the animal rights message can be very emotionally draining and distressing. Have a look on this page to find out how to be an effective advocate for animals, whilst making sure you keep your mind healthy and happy. You can find more ways to spread awareness here.

Many Other Ways To Help Stop Animal Suffering

On this site there are many varied ways you can help animals and help stop cruelty. In fact, there are so many different ways that there is something for every personality type, no matter what their circumstances.

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please see this website. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of world wide animal abuse, giving you the ability to help animals by spreading awareness and answering questions people may have. Please be aware that you may find the information distressing.

One great way to help animals is to share the information you have seen on this website. Doing so means more people could help stop animal cruelty, and that would make you responsible for more animals being saved from suffering. Together we can help people help animals <3 

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Only Action Creates Change

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