AWI Quarterly » 2011 Summer

A Florida middle school teacher has been disciplined after taunting a 13-year-old student for choosing not to dissect a frog during science class.
So far, nine schools in California and Maine have agreed to end animal dissections in response to a challenge issued by AWI, Save the Frogs! and Digital Frog International.
While populations of top marine predator fish like tuna, billfish and sharks plummet, Stanford University researchers have found that anchovies, sardines, and other small fish are at an equal or greater risk of suffering a collapse.
Danube sturgeons - whose roe is prized as a source of caviar - have become so critically endangered that caviar exports from natural fish populations (as opposed to farmed fish) from all Lower Danube countries have been banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Mexico and the Bahamas joined the list of countries this summer that have banned shark fishing within their territorial waters.
It took three tries for the pilot to land in Barrow, Alaska in the heavy fog. To the native Iñupiat, Barrow is known as Ukpeaġvik (or Utqiaġvik), which means "place to hunt snowy owls." I came to the top of the world to learn about Iñupiat culture, bowhead whales, and to strengthen the bridge between the Animal Welfare Institute and native Alaskan whalers.
In Indiana, one must have a permit to possess wildlife outside of hunting season. Apparently, though, "possess" is a very flexible word.
While it has been necessary to fend off numerous attacks on animal welfare in state legislatures this year (See Spring 2011 AWI Quarterly), there have also been positive developments benefitting animals.
As an additional backstop against resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S., the House has passed an FY 2012 appropriations bill that includes an amendment offered by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA ) prohibiting the USDA from spending tax dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities.
Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have reintroduced a bill to ban horse slaughter.
As white-nose syndrome (WNS) was confirmed in yet another state - Maine - some Members of Congress were coming to the bats’ rescue.
Livestock producers throughout the world can be negatively impacted by stock losses due to predators and wildlife-transmitted diseases.
On March 11, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami destroyed entire communities on the coast of northeastern Japan, killing over 15,000 people.
Four nature reserves, covering over 200,000 square miles in western China, have joined forces to protect endangered Tibetan antelopes through anti-poaching operations.