AWI Quarterly » 2013 Winter

Florida’s Everglades region has a rather big problem: Burmese pythons, one of the world’s largest snakes, are having a devastating effect on the ecosystem. As this non-native species—released into the wild accidentally or intentionally by pet owners—thrives and multiplies, it has proven nearly impossible for wildlife officials to rein in the population.
The siege is getting worse. African elephants are being killed at a greater rate than at any time since the worldwide ban on the ivory trade was adopted in 1989. Every 15 minutes, on average, an elephant is killed illegally in Africa to feed an insatiable demand for ivory, principally from Asia.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP) is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from Sunday, March 3, through Thursday, March 14. AWI is there to vigorously campaign for further protections for animals and their habitats.
As many wildlife populations decline, the ability to monitor population sizes and changes is critical to conservation efforts. To determine population trends, researchers often must capture animals and apply unique bands or tags that can be used to identify individuals in the future.
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013 (H.R. 4310), which authorizes the Secretaries of the various military services to transfer back to Lackland Air Force Base, or another location for adoption, any Military Working Dog (MWD)
In the first case under the 2010 federal crush video law, passed after the Supreme Court struck down a 1999 law against animal cruelty films for being overbroad, the U.S. Attorney in Southern Texas has charged Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice of Houston with “creating and distributing ‘animal crush videos.’”
AWI’s Rosalyn Morrison and Chris Heyde met in December with Dave Kush from the office of Rep. Chris Smith (D-NJ) and Ariel Penaranda, Minister for Legislative Affairs and Consul at the Embassy of the Philippines, concerning the illegal dog meat industry in that country.
In the Summer 2012 AWI Quarterly, we reported that more than 10,000 animals each year are shot, stabbed, mutilated, and killed in military training exercises.
An attempt to undermine longstanding wildlife, land conservation, and public health laws was defeated in November, when the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525) was blocked from passage in the U.S. Senate.
Shortly before the M. Wells Dinette opened at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 gallery (MoMA PS1) in Long Island City, New York, in late September, the restaurant’s chefs announced that the menu would include horse tartare—or, in less glamorous terms, raw horse meat—in addition to a number of dishes prepared with foie gras, or fattened goose liver.
Wenonah Hauter’s Foodopoly weaves nearly every aspect of the food system—from retail and fast food to the indentured nature of farming contracts—into a unique and highly accessible analysis of not just America’s food systems, but how they fit into what is now a global corporate food web.