Press Releases

Wednesday, July 9, 2008
US Senate Follows Suit with a Companion Bill Washington, D.C. -- Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of H.R. 5741, the Shark Conservation Act of 2008. Introduced earlier this year by Subcommittee Chairwoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), the measure tightens the Shark Finning Prohibition Act, which was signed into law in 2000.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- For the first time in the history of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - the federal agency charged with protecting and managing wild horses in the United States - officials now claim that up to 30,000 horses currently in confinement may have to be "euthanized" to balance the agency’s budget.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Santiago, Chile -- The Bush Administration today hit a new low by supporting a proposal in favor of killing humpback whales, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reports. By giving its support, the United States broke ranks with the conservation-minded member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) who voted against the proposal. Unfortunately, this is one of several actions that the United States has taken at this year's meeting contrary to its long-held position of supporting whale conservation.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Santiago, Chile -- As the 60th meeting of the International Whaling Commission continues its deliberations, the Bush administration is undermining decades of whale conservation progress as it seeks to cut a deal with whaling nations that could lead to the official resumption of commercial whaling. Their deal making will be done behind closed doors without public oversight or accountability as the Bush administration has abandoned American principles of openness and honesty in order to engage in secret deliberations.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
American Horse Council and USDA Holds Disingenuous Conference on "Unwanted Horse Issue" Washington, D.C. -- Today, The American Horse Council (AHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a conference entitled "The Unwanted Horse Issue: What Now?"
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Answering a bipartisan call to encourage the United States to stand up for whales, the House of Representatives today passed H. Con. Res. 350 by unanimous consent. In light of the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting to be held in Chile this month, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) and eight of his colleagues in the House of Representatives introduced the resolution to send the message that the United States must not be bullied into submission at the meeting by pro-whaling interests.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) today launched a national partnership to help American horses in need by finding them homes on farms operated by NBFA members.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- The repeated attempts by Illinois-based Cavel International, Inc. to continue slaughtering horses in the face of a state ban on the practice and the will of the people of Illinois were quashed for a final time today, when the Supreme Court of the United States denied the slaughterhouse's petition for certiorari.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Today, the US House Committee on Natural Resources voted in favor of H.R. 5741, the Shark Conservation Act of 2008. Introduced by Subcommittee Chairwoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), the measure will reinforce the Shark Finning Prohibition Act, which was signed into law in 2000.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has announced Senator John Kerry (D-MA) as the latest recipient of its "Profiles in Compassion" award, recognizing his strong commitment to protecting animals and their habitats. One of the few members of the US Senate to rate a perfect 100 percent on AWI's Compassion Index, Senator Kerry recently introduced S. Con. Res.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Congressional leaders are calling on the Bush Administration to stand up for whales at this month's annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Chile.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Bangor, ME -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine (WAM) sent a letter of intent to sue Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIFW) Commissioner Roland D. Martin today to compel the agency to comply with federal law and take immediate action to protect Canada lynx from deadly traps.
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