Press Releases

Friday, March 13, 2015
Washington, DC—This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel, established in response to the New York Times’ shocking exposé of animal cruelty at the department’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Nebraska, released a report entitled “Findings and Recommendations on the Animal Care and Well-Being at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center to the Secretary of Agriculture and the REE Under Secretary.”
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Whale meat shipped from Norway to Japan contains levels of harmful pesticides—including aldrin, dieldrin and chlordane—that violate human health standards established by the Japanese government, according to tests conducted by the Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes today’s Associated Press (AP) report that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out its elephant acts by 2018. All 43 of Ringling’s captive elephants will be retired to a central Florida property owned by Ringling’s parent company, Feld Entertainment.
Monday, March 2, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC—In an effort to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, the government of Mexico this weekend proposed a two-year ban on the use of gillnets in the northern Gulf of California. The vaquita is found nowhere else in the world  and has been driven to near extinction as a result of drowning in fishing nets. Scientists predict the vaquita, which numbers fewer than 100 individuals, could be extinct by 2018 if drastic and immediate action is not taken.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today that it is now accepting grant proposals for the 2015 Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in collaboration with Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders), the Red Wolf Coalition (RWC), WildEarth Guardians, Born Free USA, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, issued a written appeal to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) asking the department to oppose the recently adopted resolutions by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) that call for the termination of the Red Wolf Recovery program and demand the removal of red wolves from private lands.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Washington, DC—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud the naming of Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., as the new co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus for the 114th Congress.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Washington, DC—Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it will officially list Lolita, the lone orca at the Miami Seaquarium, as a member of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs).
Friday, January 30, 2015
Raleigh, NC—On Thursday, January 29, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) approved two resolutions aimed at abolishing the red wolf recovery program in North Carolina, home to the only wild population of red wolves in the world.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Washington, DC—Humane Deer Management, an organization established by Northern Virginia citizens dedicated to non-lethal control of the region’s deer population,launched the second phase of its “Deer Spay Project” today in Fairfax City, Virginia
Friday, January 23, 2015
Richmond, VA—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring for creating the nation's first Attorney General's "Animal Law" unit, which will serve as a resource for local law enforcement and state agencies on issues involving animal welfare and animal fighting or abuse.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Zimbabwe is engaged in a heartless heist of baby elephants for sale abroad. Details have been very hard to obtain, and it would seem government officials, aware of the international public backlash, are seeking to keep as many of the details as possible under wraps. Initial accounts, dating back to November, suggested that approximately 30 young elephants had been captured and were…
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