Since 1951, the Animal Welfare Institute has been dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI seeks better treatment of animals everywhere - in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.

Through engagement with policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public, AWI seeks to:

• Abolish factory farms, support high-welfare family farms, and achieve humane slaughter for animals raised for food; • Improve the housing and handling of animals in research, and encourage the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals; • End the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and reform other brutal methods of capturing and killing wildlife; • Preserve species threatened with extinction, and protect wildlife from harmful exploitation and destruction of critical habitat; • Protect companion animals from cruelty and violence, including appalling conditions in commercial trade; and • Prevent injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions.