Faunalytics

Faunalytics is a nonprofit organization that provides animal advocates with access to the research and analysis of various animal issues, including factory farming, veganism and vegetarianism, the overpopulation in companion animals, animal testing, hunting, animal trapping, wild animal suffering, and the use of animals for entertainment purposes (zoos, circuses, racing, fights, etc.).[1]

Faunalytics
Faunalytics logo.png
Formation2000; 20 years ago (2000)
FounderChe Green
TypeNonprofit
Legal status501(c)(3) organization
PurposeResearch and analysis of animal issues
Location
Executive Director
Brooke Haggerty
Research Director
Jo Anderson
Content Director
Karol Orzechowski
Communications & Development Manager
Casey Riordan
Websitefaunalytics.org

HistoryEdit

Faunalytics is a non-profit organization based in Olympia, Washington, funded through consulting fees, grants, and donations. Founded by Che Green, a former analyst and research manager, Faunalytics utilizes contributions of time and expertise from committed professionals in research, marketing, and communications, as well as business service providers and designers for print and online media.

Faunalytics has the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency,[2] and is currently listed as one of Animal Charity Evaluators' Standout Organizations.[3]

ResearchEdit

Faunalytics has conducted or contributed to a number of research studies that are significant for the animal advocacy movement. Noteworthy projects include a study of public perception of the animal protection movement (National Council for Animal Protection, 2006), the Humane Index (The Humane Society of the United States, 2007), and an independent study on advocating meat reduction and vegetarianism to U.S. adults (2007). From 2008-2019 the organization conducted the Animal Tracker, an annual survey of animal-related attitudes and behavior among U.S. adults, to establish benchmarks for these trends over time.[4]

In 2014, Faunalytics published a study of current and former vegetarians and vegans, based on a survey of over 11,000 people. According to their report, this is the first study to estimate the number of former vegetarians and vegans in the United States using a representative sample. They found that 2% of respondents identified as current vegetarians/vegans, while 10% identified as former vegetarians/vegans, pointing to high recidivism among vegetarians/vegans.[5] This study reportedly influenced several major farmed animal advocacy groups' outreach strategy.[6]

In 2018, Faunalytics conducted an exploratory study of attitudinal and behavioral differences among people in the "BRIC" countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – plus the United States. Data for this study were collected by YouGov in May and June of 2018, from more than 1,000 individuals per country. They found that more people are reducing than increasing their meat consumption, but that despite wanting better welfare for farmed animals most people don't believe meat-eating is to blame for animal suffering.[7] That same year they also conducted a study on Naturalness Concerns and Clean Meat Acceptance.[8]

In 2019 they conducted studies on Labeling Alternatives to Plant-Based Meat,[9] Impact of Corporate Commitments on Consumer Attitudes,[10] Characteristics of People Who Donate to Animal Causes,[11] and Increasing Donations Through Appeal Types, Exposure, And Donor Characteristics.[12]

Faunalytics also maintains a comprehensive research library with over 4,000 summaries of external research studies on animal related issues.[13] They also produce interactive visual overviews of fundamental topics related to animal protection.[14]

Animal Charity Evaluators reviewEdit

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) named Faunalytics as one of its Standout Charities in its 2015, 2017, and 2019 annual charity recommendations.[15][16][17] ACE designates as Standout Charities those organizations which they do not feel are as strong as their Top Charities, but which excel in at least one way and are exceptionally strong compared to animal charities in general.[18] ACE reviews organizations designated as a Standout Charity every other year.[19]

In its December 2019 review of Faunalytics, ACE cites Faunalytics' strengths as its focus on an important field (creating and promoting research) and its publication of important research on topics related to effective animal advocacy. Their review states that Faunalytics' research projects are highly transparent, publicly available, and seem to be the result of an impact-focused project prioritization process. According to ACE, their weakness is that the effects of their programs on animals are indirect and difficult to measure.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Faunalytics home page: https://faunalytics.org/
  2. ^ "Faunalytics - GuideStar Profile". www.guidestar.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ Animal Charity Evaluators. "Organizations". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Faunalytics (June 15, 2015). "Animal Tracker-Year 8". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Humane Research Council (December 2014). "Study of Current and Former Vegetarians and Vegans" (PDF). Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Animal Charity Evaluators (June 20, 2016). "Faunalytics Review". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Attitudes Toward Farmed Animals In The BRIC Countries - Faunalytics". Faunalytics. 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ "Naturalness Concerns And Clean Meat Acceptance: A Faunalytics Study". Faunalytics. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  9. ^ "What To Call Plant-Based Meat Alternatives: A Labeling Study". Faunalytics. 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  10. ^ "Impact Of Corporate Commitments On Public Attitudes". Faunalytics. 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  11. ^ "The People Who Support Animal Causes: Descriptive Results". Faunalytics. 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  12. ^ "Completed Projects". Faunalytics. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  13. ^ "Library Of Animal-Related Attitude And Behavior Research". Faunalytics. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  14. ^ "Infographics". Faunalytics. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  15. ^ Jon Bockman (December 1, 2015). "Updated Recommendations: December 2015". Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Animal Charity Evaluators (November 2017). "Faunalytics". Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Faunalytics Review". Animal Charity Evaluators. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  18. ^ Allison Smith (June 9, 2016). "Our Thinking on Standout Organizations". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "Evaluating Charities". Animal Charity Evaluators. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  20. ^ "Faunalytics Review". Animal Charity Evaluators. Retrieved 2020-01-03.

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