Press Releases

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. 
Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) joined the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Hollywood celebrities, other animal protection organizations, conservationists, and elephant sanctuaries, to issue an open letter this week to FJ Productions.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) this week launched a digital campaign aimed at discouraging the public from buying tickets to attractions that exploit captive dolphins.
Monday, August 14, 2017
SALINAS, CA—The California Superior Court ruled last week that Monterey County’s renewal of its contract with the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill predators and other native wildlife violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and voided the county’s 2016 work plan.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is calling on Congress to permanently revoke all research funding of the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska. The request follows a July 2017 inspection report—newly published on the USDA’s website—that details multiple instances of direct non-compliant veterinary care and animal handling resulting in significant animal suffering.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal advocacy organizations issued an open letter today to Joel Manby, CEO of SeaWorld, requesting the release of Tilikum's necropsy (animal autopsy) report and his full veterinary records.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
A workshop held today at this week’s International Congress of the Society for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017) revealed that the ecological services that cetaceans (whales and dolphins) provide to the planet may be the key to saving it.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) condemn the USDA’s imminent plan to allow pig slaughterhouses to kill pigs at even faster speeds, making animals vulnerable to rougher handling and to being butchered while still conscious.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Two journal articles authored by experts from the Animal Welfare Institute(AWI) were recently featured in the newly released issue of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (Volume 20, Issue 1, 2017).
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the Humane Education Network (HEN) and the Palo Alto Humane Society officially announced today the winners of the 2017 A Voice for Animals contest.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Local conservation and animal protection organizations rallied outside the Mexican Embassy today to call on the Mexican government to take drastic action to save the fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left on the planet. Advocates demanded that the Mexican government rigorously enforce laws to protect the rapidly disappearing species.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) today gave Mexico one year to improve protections for the only remaining home of the critically endangered vaquita or face an “in danger” designation for the Gulf of California site.
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