Humane Research Council

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Humane Research Council
Type Non-profit organization
Industry Consulting
Founded 2001
Headquarters Olympia, Washington, United States
Key people Anthony Bellotti, Courtney Dillard, Jennifer Fearing, Caryn Ginsberg, Che Green, Sharie Lesniak, Katrina Munsell, Jack Norris, Ian Ross, Kathleen Savesky

The Humane Research Council (HRC) 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, and the use of animals for entertainment purposes (zoos, circuses, racing, fights, etc.).[1]

Organization History[edit]

HRC is a non-profit organization based in Olympia, Washington, funded through consulting fees, grants, and donations. Founded in 2001 by Che Green, a former corporate professional, HRC 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.

HRC was awarded the Independent Charities of America’s Seal of Excellence in 2006.

In 2007, HRC launched, a database of research studies relating to animal issues and public opinion, to help centralize and better disseminate relevant information among animal advocacy groups.[2]

Organization Mission[edit]

HRC applies traditional corporate marketing research and analysis techniques to support the animal protection movement. HRC’s methodologies are both quantitative and qualitative in nature and include depth interviews and focus groups, benchmarking and assessment studies, materials evaluation and concept testing, fundraising and donor research, and opposition research and analysis.

Notable HRC partners and clients include the American Anti-Vivisection Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Protection Institute, New England Anti-Vivisection Society, Farm Sanctuary, The Handsel Foundation, Humane Society of the United States, National Council for Animal Protection, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

HRC Research and Studies[edit]

The Humane Research Council 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). HRC also recently launched the Animal Tracker, an annual survey of animal-related attitudes and behavior among U.S. adults, to establish benchmarks for these trends over time.[3]

HRC Personnel[edit]

The HRC Board of Directors and advisors includes key personnel from foundational animal protection groups including the Humane Society of the United States, Born Free USA, Vegan Outreach, as well as business professionals and academics from Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, and Willamette University.[4]


Opinion Polls Regarding the Use of Chimpanzees in Research
National Survey of Humane Voters Reveals Bipartisan Support for Animal-Friendly Candidates
Poll Reveals: Americans Agree Chimpanzees in Laboratories for more than 10 Years Should be Retired
The Humane Index

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Humane Research Council home page:
  2. ^
  3. ^ HRC's Animal Tracker:
  4. ^ Humane Research Council team page: