Compassion Index

AWI's Compassion IndexThe Compassion Index is a program of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). AWI has been working to alleviate the suffering inflicted on animals by humans since 1951.

As the unsurpassed leader in obtaining laws to benefit animals in need, AWI has worked for the successful adoption of the vast majority of federal laws passed to protect animals, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Humane Slaughter Act.

While passing this type of legislation is our primary goal, our work also includes combating measures detrimental to animal welfare, pushing for sound regulations to implement existing laws, and strong funding to enforce beneficial government programs.

In addition to eAlerts posted on our Compassion Index, AWI sends other important emails that need attention. Be sure to visit our Action eAlerts page and take action for the animals.

Use the Compassion Index to Find Your Legislator, view their animal welfare-related legislative decisions, and see how much compassion they show on important animal protection measures currently before Congress. The Compassion Index also allows you to contact your legislators on these issues.

Before you get started, here’s our favorite primer on how a bill becomes a law: School House Rock – I’m Just A Bill.