What We Do

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated. ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Following in the footsteps of previous campus leader Wayne Pacelle ’87, the Yale Animal Welfare Alliance was founded in 2009 with the mission of improving the welfare of animals by raising awareness, sparking conversation, and fostering a progressive community of students committed to confronting cruelty and effecting meaningful social change for animals.

Over the past three years, YAWA has handed out over 7,000 leaflets, shown videos to over 300 students, engaged in an active “Meatless Mondays” campaign, hosted an Ivy League-wide conference, organized dozens of speakers and events, volunteered at the local New Haven cat and dog shelter, and held campus events with attendance of up to 10% of the Yale undergraduate population. By hosting regular speakers, debates, screenings, food and community events, and collaborating with other campus groups and Yale dining management, YAWA has brought the issue of animal welfare to a prominent position throughout the campus.

Our primary focus is reducing farm animal suffering by promoting conscientious food choices and advocating for legislation to reform factory farming. We encourage you to join us!