AWI’s core programs focus on human activities that directly affect animal welfare. AWI also works to educate the public and policymakers about consumer choices and other human activities that impact animal welfare in a host of indirect ways.
The following are a few of the areas in which AWI seeks to foster public policies and individual choices that result in reduced negative impacts on animal welfare.
The past several decades have seen the world become a smaller place in terms of human travel and interactions, especially trade between countries. Such trade can have enormous impacts on animals and their habitats. Animals suffer, however when governing bodies create trade policies that focus exclusively on reducing trade barriers, maximizing profits, and gaining commercial access to natural resources - to the exclusion of animal welfare and environmental impacts.
Dramatic growth in human population over the past century - coupled with more affluent lifestyles in the industrialized world - have fueled increased consumption of natural resources and more land used for human habitation and industry, the growing of crops, and the maintenance of domestic animals. This in turn has had enormous deleterious impacts on wild animals and their habitats.
AWI seeks to educate the public about actions we can take to benefit animals and our shared resources and habitats. AWI promotes humane education in schools, including the replacement of animal dissections with suitable alternatives and the incorporation into curricula of materials teaching respect for animals and a greater understanding of the natural world.