Animal Welfare Institute

Since 1951, the Animal Welfare Institute has been alleviating suffering inflicted on animals by humans.

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Washington, DC – EIN 942681680 awionline.org

Since 1951, the Animal Welfare Institute has been dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.

We seek better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.

We send action alerts to individuals and organizations interested in animal protective legislation, informing them of ways in which they may help.

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Animal Welfare Institute

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The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is an American, non-profit, charitable organization founded by Christine Stevens in 1951 with the goal of reducing pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans.[1] It is one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the US.[2][3] Its legislative division, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), pushes for the passage of laws that reflect this purpose.[4]

Campaigns and goals

In the organization's early years, its particular emphasis was on animals used for experimentation. AWI expanded the scope of its work in the following decades to address many other areas of animal-rights-related issues.

One major area of emphasis is factory farms. AWI speaks out against this and promotes small, independent family farms that follow the organization's animal welfare and husbandry standards. Other efforts include ending the use of steel-jaw leghold traps for catching fur-bearing animals, improving the lives of animals in laboratories, and promoting the development of non-animal testing methods.

AWI representatives regularly attend meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to fight for the protection of threatened and endangered species. They also attend meetings of the International Whaling Commission to fight to preserve the ban on commercial whaling and work to protect all marine life against the proliferation of anthropogenic ocean noise.

Marine biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson joined the Animal Welfare Institute Advisory Board in 1960, just prior to the release of her book Silent Spring.

Government and legal affairs division

In 1951, it was illegal for non-profit tax-exempt organizations to engage in lobbying activities. "We couldn't do any substantial amount of lobbying and keep our tax-exempt status," explained Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) founder Christine Stevens, who is referred to as the "Mother of the Animal Protection Movement." Her solution was to form an organization that did not require a tax-exempt status, one that would inform senators, representatives and the public about animal issues. The Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) became the first organization founded in the United States specifically to lobby on behalf of animals.[5] If legislators wanted to know more about issues pertaining to humane slaughter, leghold traps or endangered species, they contacted SAPL. Because of changes in tax laws, in 2003, SAPL merged with the Animal Welfare Institute, bringing together two of the oldest and leading animal protection organizations in the United States.

For more than 50 years, AWI and SAPL have worked for the successful adoption of more than 15 federal laws, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Humane Slaughter Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. AWI continues to defend existing laws, oppose bills that they believe threaten animals, and work for new protective measures, following through after they are enacted to ensure sound regulation and sufficient funds for enforcement. Current efforts include pushing for the passage of bills to ban horse slaughter, end the sale of random source dogs and cats by dealers and prohibit the use of the steel-jaw leghold trap.

Additionally, to highlight Members of Congress' stances on animal welfare legislation, AWI created a website tracking and ranking system called the Compassion Index (CI). Available online at Compassion Index, the frequently updated electronic tally system rates legislators based on their involvement or lack thereof on certain animal welfare measures.

Legislation

AWI opposed the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014 (S. 2363; 113th Congress), calling it "an attack on our nation's wild animals and habitat."[6] According to the organization, the bill would "eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act to regulate hazardous substances – including lead, a dangerous neurotoxin – released by ammunition and sport fishing waste."[6]

Animal Welfare Approved

AWI launched its Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) standards program in Fall 2006, with husbandry requirements for beef cattle and calves, pigs, sheep, ducks, turkeys and rabbits. Standards for additional species will follow.

Only family farms can earn the AWA seal.

The welfare of farmed animals is related to the extent to which they can adapt to environments designed by humans.

The "Five Freedoms" are used to describe both the needs of domesticated animals and the duties of care owed them. The Five Freedoms have a long history, having first been described in a scientific report to the British government in 1965 and enhanced by the Carpenter Committee in 1980. They underlie the AWA program, reflecting the goals that the standards strive to achieve. They provide a useful benchmark by which farmers can evaluate the outcomes of their husbandry.

The Five Freedoms are: freedom from hunger, thirst, and malnutrition; freedom from physical and thermal discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease (including parasitical infections); freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress.

Albert Schweitzer Medal

In 1951, Albert Schweitzer gave AWI permission to strike a medal in his honor, to be presented for outstanding achievement in the advancement of animal welfare. In granting his permission, Schweitzer wrote, "I would never have believed that my philosophy, which incorporates in our ethics a compassionate attitude toward all creatures, would be noticed and recognized in my lifetime."

In 1954, a gold replica of the medal was presented to Schweitzer by Charles Joy in Oslo, Norway, where he had gone to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. Since first being awarded in 1954, AWI's Albert Schweitzer Medal has become the highest form of recognition in the animal protection movement. International figures, such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Rachel Carson, Astrid Lindgren and Senator Robert Dole, have received this honor for their work on behalf of animals.

AWI published the children's book The Boy Who Loved All Living Things: The Imaginary Childhood Journal of Albert Schweitzer, written and illustrated by Sheila Hamanaka, and inspired by Schweitzer's youth.

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ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE

WASHINGTON, DC 20003-2140 | Tax-exempt since March 1953
  • EIN: 13-5655952
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Animal Protection and Welfare (Animal-Related)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Total Revenue

$4,934,276

Total Functional Expenses $3,580,370
Net income $1,353,906
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,400,711 89.2%
Program services $0
Investment income $110,246 2.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $66,605 1.3%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $355,087 7.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $1,627 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $218,146 6.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,267,264 35.4%
Other
Total Assets $14,880,796
Total Liabilities $70,353
Net Assets $14,810,443
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Total Functional Expenses $2,737,309
Net income $1,666,819
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $96,530 2.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $78,000 1.8%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $272,523 6.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $1,388 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $163,945 6.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,088,405 39.8%
Other
Total Assets $13,387,912
Total Liabilities $20,468
Net Assets $13,367,444
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$3,838,552

Total Functional Expenses $3,054,868
Net income $783,684
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $153,716 4.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $92,048 2.4%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $312,884 8.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $1,598 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $209,055 6.8%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,206,665 39.5%
Other
Total Assets $11,433,837
Total Liabilities $16,718
Net Assets $11,417,119
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$3,426,745

Total Functional Expenses $3,727,886
Net income -$301,141
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $154,480 4.5%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $59,762 1.7%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $571,796 16.7%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $2,932 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $186,298 5.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,329,345 35.7%
Other
Total Assets $11,001,730
Total Liabilities $41,252
Net Assets $10,960,478
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Total Functional Expenses $9,059,226
Net income -$3,731,588
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $188,630 3.5%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $66,896 1.3%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $752,229 14.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $3,336 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $185,438 2.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,765,334 19.5%
Other
Total Assets $11,907,191
Total Liabilities $62,176
Net Assets $11,845,015
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Total Functional Expenses $4,832,908
Net income $1,125,512
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $205,432 3.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $44,948 0.8%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $250,662 4.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $815 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $160,437 3.3%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,513,456 31.3%
Other
Total Assets $15,186,391
Total Liabilities $34,620
Net Assets $15,151,771
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Total Functional Expenses $4,794,099
Net income -$1,166,957
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $142,789 3.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $49,810 1.4%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $43,996 1.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $2,293 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $166,075 3.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,454,160 30.3%
Other
Total Assets $13,619,470
Total Liabilities $81,074
Net Assets $13,538,396
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