Press Releases

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the reintroduction of the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2014, by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY). The bill, which prohibits the hauling of horses on livestock trailers containing one level on top of the other, has garnered strong support from the welfare, equine, veterinary and agriculture communities.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SACRAMENTO - Naomi Rose, Marine Mammal Scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute, issued the following statement in response to today's hearing on AB 2140, regarding orca captivity:
Monday, April 7, 2014
Tucson, AZ—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) are suing USDA’s Wildlife Services program due to its lethal wildlife management activities, which violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) sent a required 60-day notice to sue on April 4, 2014, on behalf of the groups.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Yesterday, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Washington, DC–The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the decision made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Australia’s challenge to Japan’s scientific whaling program conducted in the Antarctic (known as JARPA II).
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Washington DC—As the largest seafood trade event in North America—Seafood Expo North America—concludes in Boston, members of the Whales Need US (WNUS) coalition are pleased to announce that a leading North American seafood company, High Liner Foods, has committed not to purchase products sourced from Icelandic companies linked to whaling.
Monday, March 17, 2014
WASHINGTON DC—As the Seafood Expo North America opens at the Boston Convention Center (March 16–18) animal protection and conservation organizations are warning the tens of thousands of international participants—from suppliers of seafood products and services to buyers—to watch out for whalers.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Washington, DC—A state court judge in New York issued a temporary injunction on Thursday to prevent new permits from being issued to kill deer as part of the Long Island Deer Cull Project—one of the largest planned deer slaughters in the country.
Friday, March 7, 2014
AWI hails California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) for his introduction today of legislation in the California Assembly to ban orca captivity in the state. The Orca Welfare and Safety Act—the first of its kind in the US—would prohibit the public display of orcas (or killer whales) in California and retire those currently in captivity in the state to less stressful lives in sea pens. 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
On February 12, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) sent a letter to Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council (NCC), condemning the trade association’s new guidelines for the humane treatment of the 9 billion chickens raised for meat each year in the United States. 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
An international coalition of 23 environmental, conservation, and animal welfare organizations demand a permanent ban on the trade in ivory and the destruction of all government-held ivory stockpiles.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and its prohibition on international commercial trade in whale products.
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