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The Animal Welfare Institute was founded in 1951 and is dedicated to alleviating suffering inflicted on animals by humans. We need your help to continue our efforts. Please join us by making a membership donation.

Members enjoy many benefits, including a subscription to the AWI Quarterly magazine and an opportunity to receive free copies of our books and other materials as they are published. In addition, we keep you informed of AWI's progress with special mailings as well as an annual report. Members are invited to the Albert Schweitzer Medal presentation and reception in honor of its recipient.

With minimal overhead, we put your tax-deductible contribution to work immediately to help animals. AWI consistently receives high ratings from charity watchdog organizations for its wise use of contributions.

The minimum donation for AWI membership is $35, except for a $10 student or senior citizen membership. When you donate, you will automatically begin receiving the AWI Quarterly, and you are immediately eligible for member benefits. Also, ordering an AWI Quarterly subscription through our publication store constitutes a membership donation.Become a Member of AWI

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Why Donate to AWI?

Here are some of our most memorable successes in 2014—made achievable by the support and donations from our dedicated members across the globe:

  • AWI and its allies won an important legal victory in our ongoing battle to protect the only wild population of endangered red wolves in North Carolina when the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a preliminary injunction against killing coyotes in the five-county area inhabited by the wolves. The court recently approved a settlement agreement between the parties that outlines significant steps to provide long-term protection for the wolves.
  • The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) decided not to implement a proposed increase in poultry slaughter speeds after AWI solidified opposition by assisting reporters with two articles in The Washington Post and encouraging its members to generate more than 1,000 public comments.
  • AWI exposed inadequate government oversight of “humane” and “sustainable” claims on meat products and filed a rulemaking petition requesting that USDA require third-party certification for use of the claims.
  • Members of AWI’s staff have been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the past 12 years to improve the reporting of animal cruelty crime statistics. In September, the FBI finally announced that it will report animal cruelty crimes as a separate Group A offense, joining other major crimes such as arson, assault, and homicide, under the agency’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program, the prime source of information on crime in the United States.
  • AWI became a key sponsor of California Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s groundbreaking legislation, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act (AB 2140). This legislation would ban the use of orcas for performance purposes at California aquatic theme parks, end captive breeding programs, and retire orcas currently in captivity in California to less stressful sea pens.
  • AWI published A Dangerous Life, a graphic novel aimed at educating young readers about the global ivory trade and inspiring them to become advocates for elephants. A Dangerous Life was distributed at the Smithsonian Institute’s Folklife Festival and will also to be distributed throughout Kenya’s national parks. AWI also distributed two of its other publications, Kamie Cat’s Terrible Night and Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person, to over 500 domestic violence shelters across the nation in partnership with National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
  • After vigorous campaigning by AWI and our supporters, as well as meetings between AWI staff and government officials, in November USDA at long last filed a second complaint against Santa Cruz Biotechnology over allegations of egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act.