AWI Quarterly » 2001 Spring

Polar bears are jeopardized by poaching and environmental contaminations such as toxic oil spills. They may suffer irreparably from melting polar ice caps triggered by global warming.
The Animal Welfare Institute is pleased to announce the availability of three fact-filled color leaflets on Endangered Species, Humane Education and Whales & Dolphins. Each of the brochures includes a section on how "you can make a difference."
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the bus stop, of course. When a Transit Authority bus driver discovered an early morning rider who had not paid her fare was a hen, he enlisted the  help of a handy kennel worker to deliver her to a most desirable destination, the American Society for "the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Thousands of visitors to the nation's capital this spring and summer will queue up at the National Zoo to delight in the antics of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, those furry, roly-poly, black and white, recent arrivals from China. But few of the joyous, admiring spectators may realize that these two young giant pandas are among the rarest animals in the world.
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service's (USFWS) brochure on Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) notes that it "is a vast and beautiful wilderness" that is unique "because the systems are whole and undisturbed, functioning as they have for centuries, largely free of human control and manipulation."
Mario Tabraue is a convicted felon who is supposed to be in prison. In 1989, a federal judge gave Tabraue a 100-year prison sentence. The government agents who worked on the case thought he would be in the penitentiary for the rest of his life.
Most of my work with AWI involves the protection of whales and dolphins, but for over twenty-five years I was a professional tree climber and arborist. Recently I was asked to help out some kids in Humboldt County, California who are trying to stop the cutting of the old-growth forests.
It is spring on a farm in Iowa. The pigs have left behind their winter quarters in bedded barns and snow-covered yards. Now they are relishing fields of fresh grass and alfalfa and earth that is still moist from ample winter snows and spring rains. By Diane Halverson
The plan to expand the Virginia Marine Science Museum to include a new 55 million dollar dolphin tank has been pulled by the Virginia Beach City Council after a firestorm of protest over the last year.
Mourning doves have again staved off hunters in Iowa and Michigan's annual assault on their protection. Despite legislative sleight of hand tricks and political spin, citizens in Iowa and Michigan have again said NO to lifting their bans on the killing of the mourning dove.
The docile, herbivore commonly referred to as the "sea-cow" may finally receive some of the protection it has desperately needed and been promised for decades. Recently, two important lawsuits aimed at forcing state and federal agencies to implement long-standing laws protecting the Florida West Indian manatee, have nearly reached final settlement.
In zoos with barren, restrictive, cement enclosures and prison-like bars, exotic wildlife on exhibit lead bleak lives. Keeping these animals in a different manner—with lots of room, companionship and enrichment to enable them to exhibit their rich behavioral repertoire—should represent a huge leap forward for them.
Bernie Krause's autobiography, Into a Wild Sanctuary, A Life in Music and Natural Sound, is a fascinating account of his musical life, his precocious attraction to bird song and insect voices, his family's love of classical music, and his ability at age 3 to play a violin melody, to his mastery of the guitar, adventures in the pop music world, and creation of synthesizer sound tracks from more than 100 films, including Apocalypse Now.
On January 25, 2001, "Grandma K," Betty Krawczyk, was freed after serving four months of a year-long sentence imposed upon her for her actions in blockading logging roads in the Elaho Valley of Canada.
An intercessional meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Monaco from February 6-8 failed to act on a "revised management scheme" (RMS) that would allow the resumption of commercial whaling. In fact, the three day long wrangle in the palatial setting of the Oceanographic Museum illustrated the severity of the rifts between whaling countries and those who support whale protection.