Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Washington, D.C.—Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Cetacean Society International, and Earth Island Institute filed a petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to designate the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River stock of beluga whales in the Sea of Okhotsk as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Subject to intense levels of historical hunting, these belugas have yet to recover and face serious ongoing threats, most notably from annual live captures for public display.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia—A federal district court in Georgia last Friday granted [link to judge’s order] a request to intervene filed by the Animal Welfare Institute, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Cetacean Society International, and Earth Island Institute in a lawsuit challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) denial of a request for a permit to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia for public display.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute is pleased to report that a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District Of Columbia Circuit today denied SeaWorld of Florida’s petition for review of the citation issued in August 2010 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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.