AWI Quarterly » 2008 Spring

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Spring 2008 Volume 57 Number 2
On the heals of the latest exposé of slaughterhouse cruelty, followed by the largest meat recall in history, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has released a 150-page report authored by Dena Jones analyzing humane slaughter enforcement at state, federal and foreign slaughter plants. Crimes Without Consequences: The Enforcement of Humane Slaughter Laws in the United States reveals an ongoing lack of sound enforcement at plants around the world.
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In a precedent-setting decision, the U.S. District Court for Minnesota found the state to be in violation of the Endangered Species Act for authorizing trapping and snaring within the range of the Canada lynx. The case, brought forth by the Animal Protection Institute and the Center for Biological Diversity, demonstrated that trappers injured or killed at least 13 of these animals between 2002 and 2005.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of working closely with pigs knows that they have many positive attributes. Pigs are intelligent creatures who possess very determined minds of their own. Because they are such social beings, they readily bond with any person they trust. In fact, they typically demand a lot of attention.
The Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo and a special unit of local self-government called Brčko District were both fought over fiercely during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995. During this time, the problem of stray dogs was severely aggravated because the civilian population was displaced.
Approximately 35 miles from northern Thailand's city of Chiang Mai, in a lush green valley surrounded by steep mountains, is a magical place called the Elephant Nature Park. Established in 1995 by Sangduen "Lek" Cailert, the park is a sanctuary for abused, neglected, and orphaned elephants from all over Thailand.
AWI Quarterly Spring 2008, Birds - Briefly. Avian Flu Not Spread By Wild Birds. "Wet" Markets Now Closed in Taiwan. Little Penguin, Long Life.
In just a few months, Beijing, China will host the 2008 Olympic Games. Spectators will see thrilling victories and agonizing defeats, as well as plenty of hype about the "green" Olympics. While images of adorablepandas and stories of China's efforts to conserve the species will be plentiful, the country's abysmal treatment of animals and the environment will continue to go unreported.
Since fall of 2007, a total of more than 1,500 Yellowstone National Park bison have been killed while emigrating near or beyond park boundaries-almost all of them over a period of only eight weeks. These animals are the most recent victims of a controversial management plan implemented in 2000 that has since caused the deaths of over 3,500 bison.
Available free of cost for educational purposes, new pamphlets from the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) detail some of our most important programs.
Three of the five members of the Washington State Makah Tribe who killed a gray whale in September 2007 have accepted a deal offered by the federal government to plead guilty to violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in exchange for a recommended sentence of probation and community service.
AWI Spring 2008 Quarterly - Animals in the Oceans Briefly. Sea Turtle Goes the Distance. Climate Change Devastates Seal Pup Population. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: A Deadly Landfill at Sea.
On Friday, March 28, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) removed federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves living in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies region. Just one month earlier, the Bush administration handed down a license-to-kill rule to hunters in Wyoming and Idaho —where the majority of the region's 1,500 wolves reside.
Animal Dealing: A Family Tradition Brothers Danny and Johnny Schachtele began dealing in dogs and cats in 1987. Later, Johnny left the business and was replaced by Danny's wife, Mildred. Twenty years later, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) caught up with the Schachteles, and last December, the operation was finally forced to close its doors.