AWI Quarterly » 2009 Summer

Bats in the eastern U.S. are now facing what could be their biggest challenge, with hundreds of thousands reported dead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and many species heading toward extinction.
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy, and a West Virginia local conservationist filed a complaint against Beech Ridge Energy and its parent company in June, contending that their massive industrial wind power facility being built in Greenbrier County, W.Va., will unlawfully injure and kill the endangered Indiana bats who live near the project site.
Almost every wildlife biologist has experienced the sinking feeling of finding an injured or dead animal in a live-trap.
Although wolves may not have drastic economic repercussions on the livestock industry as a whole, they can substantially affect individual ranchers when depredations become chronic.
In an exciting new development, the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association (NCNHGA) and Fudge Family Farms have begun requiring all of their member farms to be accredited by the Animal Welfare Approved program, whose standards for pigs necessitate pasture access and prohibit crates and tail-docking.
The nonprofit group Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards (HOMES) of Jo Daviess County, Ill., achieved yet another victory against a massive, industrial-scale dairy operation.
The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/S. 727) now has more than 140 cosponsors in the House and nearly a quarter of the Senate on board.
The largest known population of leatherback turtles was discovered on the beaches of Gabon, West Africa, by an international team of scientists in May, Science Daily reports.
The brutal annual slaughter of Canada’s harp seals may be gasping its last breaths this year.
Until recently, the winter whereabouts of the basking shark has stymied marine biologists. But according to a report published online in Current Biology, the mystery has finally been solved.
A group of five pygmy killer whales appeared in the shallow waters off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kihei in early May - a worrisome and rare sight, since the species’ habitat is far offshore in deep waters.
An emergency rule to protect loggerhead sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico took effect on May 18 and will be upheld for at least 180 days.
A recent study published in Current Biology by a group of international researchers shows that Caribbean reef fish populations have been steadily declining for more than a decade.
You may have never thought twice about a horseshoe crab - or even once for that matter - but lately, people are noticing that perhaps they should.