Founded in 1976, the association Defensa Derechos Animal (Defending Animal Rights), was the first Spanish NGO devoted to the defence and well-being of animals in general. Declared to be of “Public Benefit” in 1981 and non-lucrative, ADDA is a non-governmental, apolitical and independent organization.
It forms part of the Board of Directors of the WSPA (World Society for Protecting Animals). For years it has collaborated and worked jointly, on various European coalitions and with different associations in various countries.
The Association’s work and aims are based mainly on the following areas:
Denounce the abuse and ill treatment of animals. Promote and participate in drawing up appropriate legal standards. Pressurise through acts of protest or vindication. Information and awareness campaigns. Preparing and publishing educational programmes. Editing publications and awareness material. Promote participation platforms in favour of respecting animals. The people that direct the NGO, and set up activity programmes, do so full time, voluntarily and generously.
ADDA is financed by its members’ fees, donations and charity shop.