AWI Quarterly » 2011 Winter

Poultry company OK Foods announced it intends to begin killing chickens by decompression, using a technique referred to as "vacuum stunning" or "low-atmospheric pressure killing."
When California voters passed Proposition 2 two years ago, they thought they were banning the confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny "battery cages."
Anticoagulant rat poisons - the number one method of rodent control used worldwide - may take a week or more to kill rodents. During this interim, the rodents continue to move around, leaving predatory wildlife species at risk of consuming poisoned prey.
In a large enclosed yard in a small town in southern Nepal, a man stands over a young water buffalo, a heavy sword held high in both hands.
There is good news to report from the last days of the 111th Congress: Legislation to close loopholes in the 11-year-old ban on shark finning finally passed and was signed by the president. With one exemption (which AWI opposed), the new law prohibits the removal of shark fins at sea within all U.S. waters.
President Obama signed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act on December 9.
The 112th Congress is under way. Stay informed by signing up for AWI eAlerts at www.awionline.org/takeaction, and meet the members with the new Congressional Directory from AWI (available in March - to order, call or visit the AWI website).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has created a manatee refuge for all of Kings Bay, the site of the animal’s largest winter habitat in Florida.
On November 7, 2010, two weeks after his 91st birthday, long-time AWI colleague and whale advocate Robbins Wolcott Barstow, Jr. died at his home in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
I was in high school when John Gleiber met AWI’s founding president, Christine Stevens, at a dinner party. Christine invited John to her home the next day. It was 1975 and John was offered a job over tea. He became one of an intimate group of employees who worked diligently in the basement of Christine’s home.
The realization that mammals and birds are capable of experiencing pain and distress has had a profound influence on our relationship with them.
If you would like to help assure AWI’s future through a provision in your will, this general form of bequest is suggested.
New research by scientists in South Florida indicates that a high percentage of stranded dolphins were almost deaf at the time of stranding. The cause of the near-deafness is unknown.