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According to a recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there was about a seven percent increase in the use of animals in research between 2015 and 2016, with non-human primates up by 15 percent and sheep up by 14 percent.

Animal Welfare InstituteThe American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states that about 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Meanwhile, it’s difficult to determine how many animals are abused every year, as unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state and federal agencies.

The Animal Welfare Institute seeks to support the well being of all types of animals everywhere, with the hopes of:

  • Abolishing factory farms
  • Improving the housing and handling of animals in research, while encouraging alternatives to experimentation on live animals
  • Ending the use of steel-jaw leghold traps
  • Preserve species threatened with extinction
  • Protect companion animals from cruelty and violence
  • Prevent injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions

“This charity strives to protect endangered species and their natural habitats, among other initiatives,” says Chaffin Luhana Paralegal Danielle Leppar.

“I’m very passionate about animals and their well-being, and we are the only ones who can prevent and stop this. AWI’s work wouldn’t be possible without donations, with 90% of funds going towards program expenses for the direct benefit of animals.”

At Leppar’s request, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation is donating $250 to the Animal Welfare Institute. If you’d like to contribute as well, you can make a donation via the information listed below:


Animal Welfare Institute

Contact: Cathy Liss

900 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Washington, D.C. 20003



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