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Economic Impacts of Animal Welfare Policies

The aim is to measure the economic impacts of animal welfare practices and policies.

Animal welfare policies can have broad costs and economic impacts. We have convened a multi-disciplinary team to conduct studies on the impacts of existing and potential animal welfare policies and legislation. These have included the establishment of a new animal sheltering concept in downtown Oklahoma City, OK, the "No Kill" legislation in Austin, TX, and the breed-specific legislation, or pit bull ban, in Denver, CO. These policies have direct economic impacts (e.g., through increased employment), indirect economic impacts (e.g., through improved municipal brand equity), and broad economic impacts (e.g., through improvements in public health). These studies are aimed at informing decisions around animal welfare policymaking at the municipal, state and national levels.