Animal protection charities keep fighting an uphill battle every single day. Most of them survive through donations and funding. Ideally, they all want to spend their money for the good of the animals by building shelters and running campaigns to find them homes but more often than not they run into obstacles that cost them a lot of money.
Legal help for animal advocacy
These obstacles are mainly legal issues that arise during a charity’s processes or goals. For instance, charities who are working towards freeing elephants who are living in captivity are constantly battling with zoos in courts. Sometimes, the animals they are trying to save do not even get to live long enough to see the end of these trials. Apart from this emotional toll, charities also need to deal with legal fees.
As you may know, legal fees are already quite high for individuals and the amount it would cost for an organization to go through a legal battle could bankrupt an individual. Charities that buckle up and pay their legal fees, end up with little to no cash to actually achieve what they were fighting for, they win a battle but actually lose the war.
Is there an out for them?
Luckily, there are devoted animal advocates who are willing to help these charities without charging them anything. These legal charities or organizations provide pro bono legal help and consulting to nonprofits that are trying their hardest to defend and help animals.
Thanks to these kind individuals and firms, nonprofit animal charities can use their resources in the best interest of animals that are living their lives in suffering.
A great example of these organizations that provide legal help is Animal Defense Partnership. A pro bono counsel for animal protection charities that was founded by two lawyer friends David Ebert and Joel Litvin. In 2016, the two decided to take a huge burden off animal protecting charities’ shoulders and provide free legal services so that the charities can use the money they have for the good of the animals and not legal fees.
They are currently defending Happy the elephant of Bronx zoo who has been living an isolated life for over 20 years. Elephants are social and intelligent animals, in fact, Happy is the first elephant that was able to pass the self recognition test which strongly suggests that elephants are self aware.
Elephants are simply not created to live alone, as solidarity destroys that psychologically and sucks every bit of joy they have inside of them. Even though most zoos think that they mean well, replicating the natural habitat of elephants is simply not possible…
Most small and mid sized animal protecting charities survive on donations and funding. Even though there are other non-profits out there who are ready to help them with legal stuff and their other needs in order to let them use their money for actually helping animals, they can still use a little more help.
Even if you are not able to donate to their cause or help them by volunteering, you can always spread the word around and contribute to the word of mouth chain. Who knows maybe you talking about them may lead them to a source who would like to help them in every way they could!
As always, the real solution is talking about these issues and not stopping only then we can convince masses about the problems animals face and work towards a solution, all together.