Shaping Policy for Animals in Laboratories

Mouse - Photo by Thomas Huston

For over 60 years, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has been advocating for better care, handling and housing for animals in research. AWI furthers this goal by providing those in research laboratories with a variety of complimentary reference books; a subscription to the AWI Quarterly; membership in an online discussion group for laboratory personnel (the Laboratory Animal Refinement and Enrichment Forum); and the opportunity to apply for grants to improve the housing and handling of animals in research.   

AWI presses for greater protection of animals in laboratories in part through stronger enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act and extension of the law’s coverage to all animals subject to experimentation. We also work to promote advancements in species-appropriate enrichment for animals in research, retirement opportunities for former laboratory animals, and increased compliance with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. We provide public comments, formal testimony, and presentations in support of our mission; examples can be found below.