Press Releases

Friday, July 11, 2014
On July 10, the Senate failed to secure the required 60 votes for passage of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. This bill, opposed by the Animal Welfare Institute and countless other animal protection and conservation groups, would have had substantial and direct adverse impacts on wildlife, public health, and existing conservation efforts by weakening protections offered by the MMPA and TSCA.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Chicago—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is taking part next week in the 77th Annual Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) to call attention to how youth and family violence are connected to animal abuse—and what juvenile and family court judges and court officers can do to intervene on behalf of children exposed to animal abuse.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
One day after a broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups urged the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to terminate its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the board assented to a citizen request to delay consideration of contract renewal for at least a month in order to reevaluate the issues.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress hosted a ceremony this afternoon at the Library’s famed Thomas Jefferson Building to introduce A Dangerous Life, a new graphic novel addressing the global ivory trade and the slaughter of African elephants.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
LONDON—Conservation groups are calling on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its member governments to condemn Iceland’s commercial whale hunt following confirmation that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed yet another endangered fin whale.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Brussels—On the eve of inter-governmental meetings in Brussels and Geneva in June and July to debate the fate of elephants, a group of conservation organisations requests all EU governments to urgently halt all commerce in ivory and to destroy all remaining stockpiles. New data shows escalating exports of ivory from the European Union to China and worldwide. The organisations warn that any legal loophole in ivory trade creates the opportunity to launder poached ivory into “legal” trade and thus fuels the killing of elephants.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) have released results of a poll they commissioned on the American public’s attitudes toward keeping orcas (also known as killer whales) in captivity for public display. The poll shows that fully half of Americans oppose it, while only 21 percent of Americans favor keeping orcas in captivity.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the House Appropriations Committee for including an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill to defund federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States—a measure that would effectively prevent such plants from operating.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which included an amendment defunding federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
New York—Following a high-profile "Don't buy from Icelandic whalers” ad campaign on the Boston public transit system in March and April, animal protection and conservation organizations are now taking the message to the streets of New York City.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and numerous other parties reached a settlement with Feld Entertainment, Inc. (Feld) ending over a decade of litigation. The settlement resolves a request by Feld for attorneys’ fees and costs stemming from an action brought by AWI and others over the alleged abuse of Asian elephants in Feld’s circus and resolves a related action brought by Feld.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Washington, DC—A new report, released by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), reveals the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is failing to verify the accuracy of label claims on millions of meat and poultry packages sold in the United States. Eighty percent of the USDA-approved “humane” and “sustainable” label claims AWI researched were backed by no supporting evidence. 
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