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Budgerigars - Photo by Krista Menzel

Formed in 2000, The Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) is a working alliance of representatives from conservation, avian welfare and animal protection organizations dedicated to the ethical treatment of parrots and other captive birds.


Our mission is to raise awareness about the plight of parrots and other captive birds and to serve as an educational resource for the humane community, lawmakers, and the general public.


The AWC also aims to prevent the abuse, exploitation and suffering of captive birds, to address issues of rescue, placement, and sanctuary for displaced birds, to increase legal protections for captive birds and to support legitimate conservation programs aimed at preserving birds' rightful place in the wild.


The AWC works towards its goals by facilitating alliances with the humane community and professionals in related fields, by providing educational resources for animal advocates, the media, and the general public, and through special AWC sponsored programs.


We also offer advisory services to humane societies, animal protection organizations, avian rescue groups and to federal, state and local agencies needing assistance with issues related to captive exotic birds. Contact:


Learn more about the AWC and our programs and services at the following links:


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