Charity of the week
Founded in 1951, the Washington, D.C.–based Animal Welfare Institute works internationally to alleviate the pain and suffering of animals—in the lab, in the wild, and on the farm. The organization’s original focus was educating scientists on how to better handle and house animals used in medical experiments. Since then, the group’s work has expanded to include advocacy for the 9 billion farm animals killed for food consumption each year, especially those raised on large-scale factory farms. The group also works to hold governments accountable to various animal-protection laws, including the Animal Welfare and Endangered Species Acts in the U.S. Last month, AWI co-published a graphic novel about the harm of the global ivory trade and distributed it to schools across China.
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