Press Releases

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) put the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on notice Friday that the organization plans to take legal action regarding serious violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in connection with a massive deer cull proposed for Long Island, New York.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Today, a coalition of conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, amended their complaint in a case filed in Hawai‘i federal court last month that challenges a 5-year plan by the U.S. Navy for testing and training activities off Hawai‘i and Southern California.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the U.S. Congress for wisely reinstating the annual ban on the slaughtering of  horses in its Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act released late last night.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Documents obtained by the Washington DC-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) show that Norway has begun to play a key role in Iceland's massive exports of whale meat to Japan in defiance of international agreements.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Whale and Dolphin Conservation North America, Earth Island Institute, and Cetacean Society International have filed a motion to intervene in defense of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) August 2013 decision to deny Georgia Aquarium’s request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia for public display.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Pocatell, ID – Today a coalition of conservation organizations sued the U.S. Forest Service for failure to require permits and environmental impacts analysis for the advertised "Coyote and Wolf Derby" in Salmon, Idaho, December 28 and 29..
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the unlawful killing of highly endangered red wolves caused by hunting in the Red Wolf Recovery area in North Carolina was filed on Monday, December 16, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on behalf of the Animal Welfare Institute, Red Wolf Coalition, and Defenders of Wildlife. The ;Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed the motion and supporting memorandum on behalf of the organizations.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Farm Sanctuary, working with the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School, petitioned the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to develop regulations governing the handling of chickens, turkeys, and other birds at slaughter.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Honolulu, HI – A lawsuit filed in Hawai‘i federal court today challenges the National Marine Fisheries Service’s approval of a five-year plan by the U.S. Navy for testing and training activities off Hawai‘i and Southern California.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Animal Welfare Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, and Project Coyote petitioned the Obama administration today to reform the federal wildlife-killing program known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. – AWI today filed an emergency petition to list the pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Endemic to Panama’s Isla Escudo de Veraguas, the pygmy sloth—the world’s smallest sloth—is critically endangered, with as few as 79 left in the wild.
Monday, November 4, 2013
(Washington, DC) – The Animal Welfare Institute is deeply disappointed that a U.S. District Judge has allowed for the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States for the first time since plants in Illinois and Texas were closed under state law in 2007.
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