Press Releases

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Irving, TX—Leading equine rescues and sanctuaries from across the country gathered in Irving, Texas, on September 25 and 26 for the 2015 Homes for Horses Coalition conference. The only national conference for horse rescues and sanctuaries brought together nearly 120 people from 56 different organizations and provided training, problem-solving tools and moral support.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A federal court today affirmed the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) denial of Georgia Aquarium’s application for a permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to import 18 beluga whales from Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk for public display at several facilities in the United States.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Tallahassee, Florida—Local, state and national animal protection and environmental organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief today in support of a lawsuit to stop the impending trophy hunt of Florida black bears, an iconic and rare species with a long history of threats to its survival.
Monday, September 14, 2015
HONOLULU—A federal court today entered an order settling two cases challenging the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coasts of Southern California and Hawai‘i, securing long-sought protections for whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals by limiting Navy activities in vital habitat.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Chapel Hill, North Carolina—Conservation and animal welfare organizations, including the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Defenders of Wildlife, and the Red Wolf Coalition, as represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today of their intent to sue the agency for illegally authorizing a private landowner to kill breeding red wolves and failing to undertake the legal analysis required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Monday, August 31, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska—A coalition of animal welfare and conservation organizations launched a two-week advertising campaign today on Alaska Dispatch News to coincide with the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER).
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Trenton, New Jersey—Animal welfare and wildlife organizations filed a motion today with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to stay the implementation of a proposed rule that would allow three types of leghold traps—the Egg, Duff (or Duffer’s), and Lil Grizz Get’rz—to be used on raccoons and opossums in New Jersey.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND—Photographs (shown below) of an Icelandic whaling vessel dragging dead endangered fin whales to shore for processing were released today by Timothy Baker, an American whale-watching tourist.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today the winners of its annual Christine Stevens Wildlife Award. Established in 2006, the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award provides grants of up to $10,000 to help fund innovative strategies for humane, non-lethal wildlife conflict management and study.
Monday, August 17, 2015
AUGUSTA, ME—Wildlife conservation and animal welfare organizations filed a lawsuit today against the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for allowing trappers in Maine to seriously injure and kill Canada lynx, a federally protected cat. Plaintiffs include the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine (WAM).
Monday, August 17, 2015
Washington, DC—The US Department of Agriculture’s case against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT), one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, is scheduled to be heard by an administrative law judge beginning Tuesday, August 18. The USDA case against SCBT is unprecedented:  it is the first time that three separate complaints for willful violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) have been filed and are pending against a research laboratory.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Washington, DC —In light of the tragic illegal killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the swift response by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Edward Markey (D-MA) to tighten up the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by extending protection to additional imperiled species.  
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