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Sept. 27, 2011 | TheDogPress.com
Sue Beaulieu, Political Research Editor
The Tides Foundation and family of closely related organizations are a driving force behind social change in this country, for better and for worse. The Tides Foundation works primarily as a money clearinghouse, receiving money from various sources, including other foundations, non-profits and individuals. Organizations or individuals can donate money to the Tides Foundation which will then forward the money to the intended recipient per specific request. These are known as "donor assisted" funds because the original funder remains anonymous. Other groups that do not want to set up a 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) will allow Tides to manage their money. The Tides Foundation makes a percentage from these organizations' profits and these are known as "Tides projects."
The Tides organizations are instrumental in orchestrating social change in many key political arenas. Their influence can be felt across a wide range of current ideologies including direct donations, funding animal rights groups, as documented in the Tides Foundation 990's. But keep in mind that the animal rights groups may take that money and pass it on to other like-minded organizations through Donor Assisted transactions. The reverse can hold true for all of the donations listed on the Tides Foundation 990s.
Tides monies ends up in the hands of animal rights groups
From 2005 - 2010, Tides made relatively small grants of $1,000 to $2,000 a year to the Animal Alliance, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Doris Day Animal Fund, In Defense of Animals and the ASPCA. A few other groups received one time grants of various amounts under $5,000 such as the Animal Place, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, East Bay Animal Advocates, Espanola Valley Humane Society, Friends of Santa Cruz Animals, Hopalong Animal Rescue, and the Native Animal Rescue. The Wildlife Animal Orphanage got $1,942 in 2006, then went bankrupt and closed down. There were similar one time grants and funding to other animal organizations.
The East Bay Animal Advocates, based in California, were very active in the cage free eggs campaign. So is the Humane Farming Association which received nearly $11,000 from Tides. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) received $8,000 in 2006 and $5,000 in 2009 from the Tides Foundation, funding possibly designated for their work in this same campaign. And indeed, after years of working to change public opinion on the subject, the animal groups were successful. California and Michigan have passed laws to outlaw the cage confinement of hens, and California passed a law requiring all whole eggs used in the state to be cage-free by 2015.
Numerous corporations succumbed to the new political correctness and are now committed to using only cage-free eggs. These include General Mills' Haagen-Dazs products, Kraft, Otis Spunkmeyer, Sara Lee and Hellmann's mayonnaise. Restaurant and supermarket chains joined the ranks to court consumers of a new age. Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Sonic, Quiznos, Hardee’s, Carl's Jr. and Red Robin, Wal-Mart, Costco and Safeway increased cage-free egg sales. The cost for these changes will of course be passed on to the consumer.
Mercy for Animals received $33,000 during 2009 and 2010. This group is focused on eliminating cruelty to farm animals by promoting a strict vegetarian diet. Animal rights groups and animal welfare groups still debate the definition of cruelty even as they fund practices many would consider cruel. Common sense should dictate what "cruelty" is but often does not. To groups like these, with a definite political agenda, i.e. vegetarianism, cruelty is subjective and most anything can be spun to create the illusion of cruelty to animals. The demands will never end until there are no animals left to regulate!
Which brings us to PeTA - the mother of all animal rights groups. PeTA received the most direct funds from the Tides Foundation. In 2005 and 2006 the amount was small - under $2,000. But then PeTA received $32,953 in 2007; $149,336 in 2008; $73,790 in 2009 and $150,483 in 2010.
There are no records to tell us what these specific donations were used for. With total assets of $22 million or more (and this does not include the closely related monies of their affiliates PCRM (Physicians for Responsible Medicine) and FSAP (Foundation to Support Animal Protection), these donations could be used to fund any number of campaigns.
Was the money used to help make the 2007 HBO documentary, "I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PeTA, or was the money used instead for video "investigations" made during ALF raids - some of which led to lawsuits or pressure on government agencies to enforce changes? Or maybe the money was applied to the payroll of directors, vets, attorneys, consultants and professional fundraisers?
PeTA even receives money for mailing list royalties! A few of the groups that pay for this list are the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Bay Area Organic Express, American Anti-Vivisection Society, California Human Farming, Obama for America and the "Committee to Restore..." which may be another Tides related organization. PeTA transfers approximately $6 to $8 million dollars each year to their affiliate FSAP. However, FSAP's 990s are rather vague as to where that money actually goes.
PETA's tax filing lists over $34 MILLION in expenses
Included in PeTA's 2007 990 is a general breakdown of expenditures that lists over $8 million for international grassroots campaigns, over $7 million to research, investigations and rescue and $8 million for public outreach and education. An approximate half million dollars is for postage, computers and mailing list maintenance. Another $10 million+ is spend on various contractors such as KAA Design Group (architecture and design), Interactive Systems (home theater, audio and security), Four Roads LLC (social media and commerce website design), Convio Inc (fundraising software) and Comprehensive Resources (IT services) and numerous others.
PeTA’s millions are NOT used to shelter and re-home pet animals. This fact has been documented by the PeTA Kills website. Evidence clearly shows that PeTA has put to death over 90% of the animals it took in during a five year period. This should not shock anyone who knows PeTA means it when they say, "Better Dead than Bred." PeTA is a well oiled machine that learned very early that it takes money to make money. Masters of media and purveyors of extremist propaganda, they will do anything to grab the public's attention. PeTA means business and their business is to control your business out of existence.
Tide Foundation made two large donations to PEACE (Protect Educate Animal Culture Environment) of $32,960 in 2008 and $15,407 in 2009. PEACE partners with Tides Canada so that funding donations can be tax deductible. The organization is registered as a non-profit in both the U.S. and Mexico.
PEACE was born from the group, Ayuda los Animales (Help the Animals), in 2003 when it ran its first spay/neuter program in the Bahia de Banderas. It was one woman's vision for a grassroots community where government, influential community members, dedicated volunteers and other non-profit organizations could work together towards common goals, and it soon transformed into PEACE. The vision began with one village but now includes 30+ towns where mobile spay and neuter clinics are held.
Could it be that when animals have the same rights as people - and vice versa - human populations will similarly be controlled......with mandatory sterilization clinics that go from town to town? The vision of human sterilization has been well documented.
In closing, please note that Brave New Films} receives money from the Tides Advocacy Fund. In 2008 alone, they received $150,000. The Tides Advocacy Fund is the Tides' 501(c) Lobbying Arm and so the money from this group is visibly directed toward Tides' sanctioned policies and politics. BNF covers a wide range of liberal-biased topics. Their animal related films include such offerings as "How Food Companies Have Created Obesity", "Charlie Rose: Who Murdered Mountain Gorillas", "Animal Rights Activist Treated as Terrorist", "Animals, the Forgotten Victims of the Bush Administration" and "Global Warming Displaces Alaskan Walrus." Take a look for yourself. Does Brave New Films want to illuminate - or burn?
Before donating money to an organization, do some research to find out what the funds are being used for. Is the money used for genuine animal welfare (food, shelter, medicine) or is it used for lobbying, lawsuits, more fundraising, administrative costs (phones, computers, postage, pension funds, salaries, travel etc) and printing "educational materials" which are thinly disguised propaganda? Will proposed legislation actually enhance the lives of animals or will it take away rights of people?
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