The Animal Freedom Foundation was established
October 2nd, 2003. We quote the most relevant articles from
our statutes. A full copy, in Dutch, can be obtained from
the Chamber of Commerce in Groningen, The Netherlands
(under registration # 02081807).
The objectives of the foundation
To fight against as well as to prevent the abuse
of animals by stimulating animal-friendly, ecologically
justified and small-scaled alternatives for the production
and consumption of fish, meat and dairy produce;
To advance the legal and public recognition of
the freedom to be able to behave in natural ways as
the principle for animal rights.
The means to that are informing and influencing public
opinion about the conditions of life of animals and
about aspects of animal rights.
In order to achieve these objectives the foundation
is entitled to:
Support the control of one or more websites that
include the name of the foundation;
Obtain sponsor-moneys and other funds;
Carry out all other legal deeds that may seem necessary
or useful in order to meet the foundation's objectives.
Any action that would involve commercial risk for
the foundation is explicitly excluded from the objectives
of the foundation.
The objectives of the foundation are not focused
on making profit. Sponsor-moneys will be obtained
from commercial activities, scientific research, subsidies,
donations, gifts, testamentary dispositions and legacies.
The website Animal Freedom is the voice of the foundation
and of others who endorse it's objectives. The foundation's
board is not responsible for the contents of the website
Animal Freedom. The website may not cause detriment
to the foundation. At the end of each financial year,
attunement will take place whether the contents of
the website is or has been sufficiently in accordance
with the objectives of the foundation. If that is
considered to be the case, it's support of the control
of the website will be continued.
The board of the foundation is formed by natural
persons and consists of at least three members and
is being appointed for the first time by this memorandum
of association. The number of board members will,
with due observance of the conditions as provided
in the former sentence, be unanimously determined
by the board.
The board (with the exception of the first board,
the members of which are being appointed in their
respective functions) will amongst itself elect a
chairman, a secretary and a treasurer. The positions
of secretary and treasurer can also be fulfilled by
one person. Upon the occurrence of one (or more) vacancies
within the board, the remaining board members unanimously
will (or the sole remaining board member will) within
two months after the vacancy or vacancies originate,
fill this situation by the appointment of one (or
Should for whatever reason the board lack one or
more members, then the remaining members, or the sole
remaining member, nevertheless form or forms a legal
The board members receive no remuneration for their
activities. They are however entitled to reimbursement
of their expenses, made in the execution of their
functions and on behalf of the foundation.
The board is entitled to set up committees that
perform tasks under the responsibility of the board
itself. The costs of the committees are at the expense
of the foundation. The board decides about task and
the (number of) members of the committee(s) in question.