Our Purpose


The Animal Defense Partnership is an independent advocacy and consulting non-profit that provides pro bono legal and other capacity building services to animal protection organizations. We support our clients' efforts and initiatives to enable them to maximize the resources they devote to protecting animals from suffering and abuse. 

In our collaborations, we take on aspects of the legal and operational burdens that encumber so many animal protection non-profits. Our goal in supporting these remarkable front-line organizations - already stretched well beyond any reasonable limits - is to enable them to devote more of their time and resources to their core mission-specific work in the field.

ADP’s goal as a 501(c)(3) non-profit is to contribute our legal and professional training and experience to the greatest extent and best of our ability in the collective effort to protect animals from cruelty and suffering in all forms and wherever occurring.


We Animals Gallery


The photographs in this gallery were taken by, and are used with permission of, Jo-Anne McArthur, an award-winning photojournalist, author and educator (and ADP friend!), who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade.

These and many more images appear on the We Animals site, which documents, through Jo-Anne's extraordinary photography, animals in the human environment. As Jo-Anne elegantly explains it:

"Humans are as much animal as the sentient beings we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship. With this as its premise, We Animals aims to break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as beings with moral significance. The objective is to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces."


© Animal Defense Partnership, Inc. 2017