Press Releases

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Many food labels are confusing – and some downright misleading – especially with regard to animal welfare claims. To help navigate the confusion, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has released A Consumer’s Guide to Food Labels and Animal Welfare. The new guide aims to help consumers who purchase meat, dairy and eggs...
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Compassion in World Farming are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action following reports that 400 pregnant cattle among a total of 3,900 cattle being transported by ship from the United States to Russia have died en route. The groups are urging USDA to thoroughly investigate the incident and take all necessary steps to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
Friday, July 27, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) for introducing S. 3448, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act.  A companion to the bill introduced by Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) and approved by the House of Representatives earlier this year, this bill will provide for a new management plan for the free-roaming Corolla wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Please join us at Dupont Circle at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 7.From Dupont Circle we will march down Massachusetts Avenue to the South Korean embassy to rally for a prohibition againstthe production and sale of dog and cat meat in South Korea. If you have a yellow shirt, wear it in recognition of the yellow dogs. We hope to see you there—and dogs are welcome!
Monday, July 23, 2012
A briefing for Members of Congress and their staff on the need to pass the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), hosted by the Animal Welfare Institute, the ASPCA, and The Humane Society of the United States. A veterinarian and farmers will discuss the negative impacts of the misuse of antibiotics on animals and the need for action.
Monday, July 16, 2012
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, together with The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Institute, released the first-ever nationwide opinion poll gauging attitudes about keeping orcas, also known as killer whales, in captivity for public display. The poll found that more Americans oppose than support the practice, with only one in four people in favor of it.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) report that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has firmly rejected a proposal by Greenland that would have put more whale meat on restaurant menus in tourist hotels.  Thirty-four countries, including all the attending members of the European Union with the exception of Denmark, and all Latin American countries rightly opposed the draft proposal which sought an increase in Greenland’s aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quota.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
After hours of rancorous debate, the International Whaling Commission accepted a proposal from the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to kill four humpback whales a year for the next six years. The proposal was strongly opposed by a block of Latin American countries led by the Dominican Republic whose whale watching industry generates millions of dollars annually from the same humpbacks targeted by SVG.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has unfortunately approved a request by the United States for an aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quota for the Makah Tribe of Northwest Washington State. Pursuit of this quota by the United States represents a waste of time, taxpayer dollars and federal employee time, given the fact that it has been nearly 90 years since the tribe has demonstrated any subsistence need for the whales, and such hunts have been ruled off limits by a federal appeals court.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"The Animal Welfare Institute commends Representative Jim Moran and his colleagues, Representatives Sam Farr (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (C-CT), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) for their statements in support of the amendment," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for AWI
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Illinois General Assembly for passing and sending to the governor legislation that allows the prosecution of leaders of dog fighting networks under Illinois’ anti-racketeering (RICO) laws, providing an important new tool for prosecutors to apply against dog fighting organizers and financiers.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today requested a USDA Inspector General audit of the USDA Process Verified Program, which certifies some products as “humanely raised” when in fact they come from animals suffering on conventional, industrial farming operations.
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