Press Releases

Friday, March 26, 2010
Dismal Results from UN Convention on International Trade
Monday, March 22, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to add Country music artist Clay Canfield’s support to the organization’s ongoing efforts to protect America's wild horses.  Clay is donating a percentage of proceeds from his song, Wild Horses, to AWI.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Springfield, IL -- Yesterday State Representative Jim Sacia (R - Freeport) pulled his bill to legalize horse slaughter from the agenda for this legislative session. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) appreciates his recognition of horse slaughter as a controversial issue and his decision to withdraw it from consideration.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Atlanta, GA -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), has filed suit against the U.S. Navy over its plans to build a $100 million Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR) 50 miles east of the Jacksonville, Florida coast. The plans involve the construction of a 500 square nautical mile range and the operation of over 400 Navy war game exercises every year.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- An agreement has been reached among all parties involved in federal litigation under the Endangered Species Act concerning the Beech Ridge wind project in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, that will provide for additional protection of the endangered Indiana bat and other wildlife while allowing some elements of the project to move forward and to begin producing renewable power in 2010.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- After nearly a decade of litigation, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) will continue its battle to protect endangered Asian elephants from abuse at the hands of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decided the federal case against the circus lacked sufficient standing and declined to address the merits of the case in the face of an overwhelming amount of evidence presented at trial.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Maine -- A national coalition of wildlife advocacy and conservation organizations representing more than 70,000 Maine citizens is calling for an end to a coyote killing tournament that is currently underway in northern Maine. Sponsored by the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce, the killing tournament began Dec. 16 and runs through Jan. 30, 2010. Prizes are awarded to those hunters who kill both the most coyotes and the largest individuals.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine (WAM) urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today to enforce the Endangered Species Act (ESA) against the unlawful trapping of Canada lynx in traps set for other species. Lynx continue to be trapped and sometimes killed in traps set by recreational fur trappers, licensed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W), and the Service has failed thus far to stop this illegal activity.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Judge Prevents Project that Will Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Bats from Proceeding Without Federal Permit
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Following the swift and unanimous passage by the House of Representatives in March of this year, the Senate’s companion bill, S. 850, the Shark Conservation Act of 2009, moved out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today by voice vote. The bill now heads to the floor where it awaits consideration by the full Senate. A vote has not been scheduled.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Indiana Natural Resources Commission to Consider Ban on Practice Nov. 17th
Friday, October 23, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Determined to provide better safeguards against companion animals being used in experiments Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) reintroduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act (S. 1834/H.R. 3907) to prohibit Class B dealers from selling dogs and cats to researchers.
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