International Animal Welfare Association was started in July of 2004 by a group of concerned animal owners, trainers, and enthusiasts who recognized the misguided and misinformed attacks by several radical animal activist groups on the entertainment and education industries.
The majority of these attacks were (and still are) under the veil of ill-advised legislators and government agencies who are led to believe that these activist groups are professional experts in the animal industries when in fact, their hidden agendas are to eliminate all animals from entertainment, education and even captivity.
Today, most professional animal companies and trainers in California as well as Florida, South Carolina, and Canada are members of IAWA. We have a full time paid attorney/lobbyist working for us on several issues at all times. We are steadily becoming yet another voice - a loud voice - for those legislators and govt. agencies to turn and listen to before moving in a direction that is not as it appears.
We do our best to work with all animal groups, even the more radical ones in an attempt to find happy mediums that we feel are not detrimental to our animals, our livelihoods or our industries.
We urge all to DO YOUR HOMEWORK and really investigate any group before giving them your support. Make sure their background supports their opinions. Make sure your efforts and donations are really going where you’re told.