Press Releases

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today announced a proposed rule to classify both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Currently, only wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered, while captive chimpanzees are listed as threatened. This allows for chimps to be commercially exploited, used in laboratories, sold and traded as pets, and used in entertainment.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Washington, DC–The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes a new report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that clearly indicates the need for a major overhaul in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro management program.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has submitted a petition to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting that the agency write regulations designed to decrease the needless suffering of animals during slaughter.
Monday, June 3, 2013
AWI and other groups organized a rally in Portland, Maine, on May 31, 2013, to protest Iceland’s expanding commercial whaling program. Rally attendees armed with inflatable whales and signs lined the route to the port and passing cars honked in support. Local TV news station Channel 13 interviewed AWI’s D.J. Schubert.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Portland, Maine—Members of the public and representatives of animal protection and conservation organizations are rallying Friday in Harbor View Memorial Park in Portland, Maine to protest Iceland’s expanding commercial whaling program, and its links to fish and other Icelandic products imported into the U.S. through Portland, Maine.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
TOKYO: The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network (IKAN) welcome a Japanese company’s decision to stop selling pet treats made from endangered fin whales.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Today the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network (IKAN), expressed dismay at the sale of Icelandic fin whale meat dog treats in Japan.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Merchandise Partnership to Benefit the Animal Welfare Institute and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Campaign to Kick Off with a Benefit "Family & Friends" All Star Concert at Hard Rock Times Square 100% of Ticket Priced Benefit will go to the Animal Welfare Institute and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of international animal welfare and conservation groups is calling on the Obama Administration to impose economic sanctions against Iceland after Iceland´s whaling company Hvalur hf announced it will hunt and sell the meat of up to 184 endangered fin whales this summer after a two year hiatus. Iceland is one of three countries that refuse to abide by international whaling laws banning the killing and trading of whales for commercial gain. The groups today sent a letter to the Secretaries of State, Commerce and Interior calling for stronger measures by the Obama Administration.
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