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Wildlife Advocacy Project


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Archived Donor Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for Wildlife Advocacy Project on July 1, 2015 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since June 2013) and because no new evidence supporting the issue that led to the Advisory has been recently found.

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on Wildlife Advocacy Project because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On May 15, 2014, Feld Entertainment ended its long running legal dispute with the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Fund for Animals and other non-profit animal rights groups who had accused the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing its world famous elephants, in violation of the Endangered Species Act ("ESA").  As described in this February 20, 2014 decision: "The plaintiffs in the ESA action premised their case on the testimony of the late Tom Rider, who testified that he observed the mistreatment of the elephants when he worked for the circus.  [The judge], however found that Rider was not credible and that he was essentially a paid plaintiff witness whose sole source of income throughout the litigation was provided by the animal advocacy organizations, which were his co-plaintiffs in the ESA action. [The judge] therefore concluded that Rider lacked standing and entered judgment for Feld, the defendant."  Feld then sued the plaintiffs in the ESA case as well as their attorneys, arguing that the ESA plaintiffs' payments to Rider during the litigation violated the RICO Act.  After Feld's RICO case survived a motion to dismiss, and the animal rights groups were ordered to disclose the names of certain donors in discovery, the defendants agreed to pay Feld $15.75 million to settle Feld's claim for attorneys fees in the ESA case and the pending claims in the RICO action.  Media coverage of the $15.75 million settlement, in which none of the parties admitted liability, can be found herehere and here and Feld's statement on the settlement is available here.
  • The Wildlife Advocacy Project has referred interested parties to this statement by Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal concerning the settlement, in which they state:  "MGC believes that it would have successfully defeated the RICO case and would have also ultimately prevailed on the firms' abuse of process counter-claim, which alleged that FEI sued the firm to retaliate against the lawyers for bringing the ESA case and to suppress the criticism of the Circus’s elephant treatment practices. Nonetheless, because litigating FEI's retaliatory case had already consumed four years of MGC's time and resources, and the case was only just proceeding to the time-consuming discovery phase, the firm decided to join the organizations in bringing this matter to a close.  The settlement involves a payment of some of the fees FEI claimed it spent on the nearly decade-long ESA case; it contains no admission of wrongdoing by MGC or anyone else and does not in any way constrain MGC's practice of law or advocacy."
EIN 31-1568852
Street Address 4115 WISCONSIN AVE NW APT 210
City, State, Zip WASHINGTON, DC 20016-2857
NTEE Code D01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1997
Asset Amount $0
Income Amount $0
Form 990 Revenue Amount $0
Latest Form 990 Return December, 2016
Filing Requirement 990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $50,000 per year
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2013
  • December, 2008
  • December, 2007
  • December, 2006
  • December, 2002

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