About AWC

The Animal Welfare Council members support the use of animals in recreation, entertainment, industry and sports. We are dedicated to advancing the responsible and humane use of animals in these activities.

Who We Are?

Members of the Animal Welfare Council include organizations that interact with animals in the following activities:

  • Horse Industrycoolingoff4
  • Circuses
  • Rodeos
  • Carriage Operators
  • Entertainment
  • Ranching
  • Animal Health
  • Recreation

The Animal Welfare Council is a non-profit, tax exempt (501-C-3) organization established for charitable and educational purposes. Membership includes organizations and business entities who are actively involved in caring for animals in recreation, entertainment, sport and industry. AWC provides a unified voice for those who enjoy riding, owning and interacting with animals on every level.

The Animal Welfare Council is committed to supporting member’s expert advice and support regarding animal welfare and animal rights issues.
All members of the Animal Welfare Council are committed to preserving the interaction between animals and humans and educating the public concerning the care and treatment of animals involved in our member’s activities.

Member Benefits

Weekly issue updates
Provided via e-mail, these updates keep members abreast of news regarding animal welfare issues and pertinent legislation.members2

Members of the Animal Welfare Council can address workshops, conventions, symposiums and meetings on a variety of animal welfare related topics.

Inter-industry networking
Members of AWC can network through e-mail and fax on a variety of issues and can create immediate response to negative press articles, legislation of concern or other pressing animal issues of member organizations.

AWC strives to educate the public with the facts about animal care within membership organizations. AWC also educates the public through letters to the editor, press releases and distribution of member organizations animal welfare information

Animal Welfare standards for the organizations must be submitted and approved by the AWC Board of Directors before membership is approved.

For more information on becoming a Animal Welfare Council member e-mail Cindy Schonholtz



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  2 comments for “About AWC

  1. Kathy
    June 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I have a question. A horse owner I know notices his horse is losing weight, but while he was considering what to do for his horse an Animal Control “officer” came out to investigate an anonymous complaint about the horse BEFORE he had had the chance to act upon his decision on what to do for his skinny 33-year-old horse. Animal Control told him that, because he “failed to act in the animal’s best interest” he was charged with neglect. Since he had noticed the horse’s thinness and was already contemplating on how to correct it, isn’t that the same as having the animal’s best interest in mind – regardless of the fact he never had the chance to actually ACT upon his decision?

    • June 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for contacting us, I think the situation you describe is not unusual. If the person in question has not yet, they need to consult a veterinarian immediately and they need a lawyer also. You need to find out exactly what the law says regarding neglect and get the horse under the care of a veterinarian immediately and get the advice of a lawyer immediately. I don’t think “contemplating” to act will help him but what he does now could help him in court, but he also needs legal advice to help him with this case.

      Cindy Schonholtz

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