AWI Quarterly » 2009 Fall

Forced from the shelter of surrounding mountains when the rest of his pack was trapped by humans (nearly 400 wolves were killed at ranchers' behest by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in 2008 alone), this young wolf, a year old at the time, and his mother, acclimated to strands of civilization and a diet of small prey at lower latitudes.
Even the best laws against animal cruelty and animal fighting are mere paper tigers if prosecutors won’t take cases based on such laws, or are unsure how to proceed with them.
Scientists have reported that trampling by other walruses in a stampede likely caused the deaths of 131 walruses found on a beach in Alaska’s North Slope in August.
President Obama has announced the creation of a 23-member federal task force to establish a comprehensive U.S. Ocean Policy that "will incorporate ecosystem-based science and management and emphasize our public stewardship responsibilities."
The U.S. Navy has announced its decision to proceed with construction of a 500-square mile sonar testing range off the Jacksonville, FL coast.
In July, a federal appeals court announced it would permit the U.S. Department of the Interior to move forward with new oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, subject to an analysis of the environmental risks.
The largest members of the dolphin family, orcas, also known as killer whales, are perhaps the most recognizable cetacean, with their distinctive black and white markings.
The replacement of live animal models with alternatives is an encouraging recent trend in medical education.
The Florida breeding facility that has masqueraded as a sanctuary and received 31 macaws seized in Virginia (AWI Quarterly, Winter 2009), is liquidating and auctioning off all its birds and exotic cats.
In 2003 the nation of Nepal decided to allow captive breeding of rhesus monkeys for research and export, despite monkeys being sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
Move over, Charles Darwin. According to National University of Ireland pioneering biologist Kevin Kavanagh, because an insect’s immune system - specifically its haematocytes - closely resembles one part of the mammalian immune system - or its neutrophils - using moths, caterpillars or Drosophila (fruit flies) instead of mice and rats just seemed like the next step - and a more humane one - in the evolution of drug research and testing.
For many Americans, a visit to a national park can be an enlightening and awe-inspiring journey. From the splendor of a sunrise at the Grand Canyon to the sheer beauty of Yellowstone and from the desolation of Death Valley to the history of Gettysburg, America’s national parks have been set aside to protect some of the United States’ most treasured landscapes and hallowed grounds.
As the fall and winter seasons are coming upon us, so is the demand for warm winter jackets, bedding and other heat preserving items.
Egg-laying hens in confinement bear some of the worst abuses the agricultural industry offers. To the detriment of their own well-being, hens are bred for increasing egg production.
Imprisoning more than one million breeding sows in the U.S., gestation crates used by Smithfield Foods are severe forms of punishment designed with one goal in mind: increased profit.