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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Animal Welfare Institute, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to end its practice of relicensing chronic violators of the minimum care standards set forth in the Animal Welfare Act.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today the 2017 winners of its Christine Stevens Wildlife Award. Established in 2006, the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award provides grants of up to $10,000 to help fund studies on innovative and humane strategies for resolving wildlife conflicts and studying wildlife. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Conservation organizations announced today that Trader Joe's has declared it will stop buying shrimp from Mexico. The popular grocery store chain’s decision follows pressure from organizations behind the Boycott Mexican Shrimp campaign, launched earlier this year in an effort to save the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, from decades of decline due to entanglement in shrimp fishing gear.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) for his recent reintroduction of the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (S. 1919), a bill to prohibit the possession or use of body-gripping traps within the National Wildlife Refuge System. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three hundred cats and dogs from the US Virgin Islands, recently decimated by Hurricane Irma, were evacuated by plane early this morning.