Animal Ethics Organizations
Animal Welfare, Animal Rights Organizations

Directory of Animal Ethics Organizations, Associations

Cruelty Free International

There are numerous organizations dedicated to promoting animal ethics and advocating for the rights and welfare of animals worldwide. These organizations, among many others, play vital roles in raising awareness, advocating for animal rights, and working to improve the treatment and welfare of animals worldwide. Each organization has its specific focus areas and approaches, but they share the common goal of promoting ethical treatment and respect for animals. Here are some prominent organizations in this field:

In alphabetical order

Animal Equality
Animal Equality is an international organization that conducts investigations, advocacy campaigns, and corporate outreach to expose and combat animal cruelty. They work to raise awareness about the treatment of animals used in farming, research, and other industries.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
ALDF is a legal organization dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of animals. They provide legal representation, support animal protection legislation, and work to improve the legal status and treatment of animals.

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)
Since its founding in 1951, AWI has sought to alleviate the suffering inflicted on animals by people. In the organization’s early years, our particular emphasis was on the desperate needs of animals used for experimentation. In the decades that followed, we expanded the scope of our work to address many other areas of animal suffering. Today, one of our greatest areas of emphasis is cruel animal factories, which raise and slaughter pigs, cows, chickens and other animals. The biggest are in our country, and they are expanding worldwide.

Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC)
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
CIWF focuses on improving the welfare of farm animals. They campaign for higher animal welfare standards, advocate for humane farming practices, and work with businesses to promote more ethical and sustainable food production.

Cruelty Free International
Established by the BUAV, one of the world’s longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, Cruelty Free International is the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.
Animal testing for cosmetics still happens. Over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests.
People do not want animals to suffer and die for cosmetics and toiletries, and there are many safer and humane ways of testing products and ingredients.
Cruelty Free International is the global campaign, calling on governments and regulators around the world to introduce a ban on the testing of animals for cosmetic products and ingredients.

European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE)
The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) was formed in 1990 by organisations across Europe to successfully campaign to ban cosmetics testing on animals. Today we lead campaigning on all animal testing issues in Europe, and are the only organisation solely dedicated to being a voice for animals in EU laboratories.
The ECEAE pulls together extensive expertise, experience and knowledge from major European animal protection organisations. We work with MEPs and officials to ensure that animals in laboratories are high on the European political agenda. We campaign for humane, modern science and progressive legislation. We also run public education campaigns and work with companies to encourage them to go cruelty free. In all of our work we aim to achieve positive results for animals in laboratories.

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) / Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare
A single access point for a wide range of information related to the welfare of farm animals. A participatory platform to retrieve and submit information, as well as to engage in commonly developed projects and thematic discussions.

Humane Society International (HSI)
HSI works globally to protect animals and advocate for their welfare. It operates rescue and rehabilitation programs, fights against animal testing, and campaigns to end animal cruelty in various industries.

Mercy For Animals (MFA)
MFA aims to prevent cruelty to farmed animals through undercover investigations, corporate outreach, and public advocacy. They work to create a more compassionate food system and promote plant-based alternatives.

Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP)
The NhRP is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to establish legal personhood for certain nonhuman animals. They use litigation to fight for recognition of animals’ legal rights and seek to protect them from harm and exploitation.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

In the decade since it was founded, Uncaged has developed a unique campaigning approach which has placed it at the forefront of the anti-vivisection movement.
A highly qualified, experienced and dedicated team of staff brings in-depth knowledge of the political, legal, ethical and scientific issues relevant to animal experimentation.

World Animal Protection (formerly known as WSPA)
As WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) we’ve moved the world to protect animals for the last 55 years. Our name may have changed, but our work – and our determination to protect animals – remains the same.
We protect the world’s animals. We always have done, and we always will. But every day, in every country, millions of animals are suffering. And the more people who know about us, the more animals we can reach. That’s why we need our name to evolve. That’s why we need a name that is clearer, more distinct and more memorable. That’s why we are now World Animal Protection.

World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)
Founded as OIE
We are the global authority on animal health. Founded in 1924 as the Office International des Epizooties (OIE), in May 2003 we adopted the common name World Organisation for Animal Health. An intergovernmental organisation, we focus on transparently disseminating information on animal diseases, improving animal health globally and thus build a safer, healthier and more sustainable world.