Avian Welfare Coalition
The Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) was formed in the fall of 2000 to create a voice in the animal protection community for captive birds. The AWC has since evolved into a working alliance of representatives from bird adoption, rescue, and sanctuary groups, humane societies, animal advocacy organizations, published research biologists, animal behaviorists, shelter and research veterinarians, and attorneys and other animal law specialists dedicated to the ethical treatment and protection of birds living in captivity and in their natural habitats.
The AWC works to heighten awareness and to facilitate cooperation among all AWC Participants in addressing the concerns of captive bird welfare on all fronts. Through this cooperation, the AWC works to prevent the abuse, exploitation, and suffering of captive birds, address the crucial issues of rescue, placement, and sanctuary for displaced birds, and support efforts to ensure the survival of wild birds and the conservation of their natural habitats. We meet annually at our Avian Welfare Round Table and engage in active dialogue throughout the rest of the year through e-mail, by phone, and in person.