AWI Quarterly » 2005 Winter

photo by AWI’s Jen Rinick
Winter 2005 Volume 54 Number 1
Workers at AgriProcessors kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa rip the trachea from conscious cows and dump the animals onto a concrete floor-as blood streams from their throats and they writhe in agony-in footage documented in a recent investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Before Chief Ambrose MaQuinna of the Mawachaht/Muchalaht people died in early July of 2001, he said he would like to be reborn as an orca whale. Within days of his passing, a rambunctious young male orca appeared in Gold River, tucked inside Nootka Sound on the west side of Vancouver Island, Canada.
AWI and some of its colleagues were honored with a Glynwood Harvest Award last October in New York City for "Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food." A prestigious selection committee chose a project conducted by AWI, Wisconsin farmers Bert and Trish Paris and former CEO of a Wisconsin dairy company Tera Johnson.
CITES COP 13, Bangkok, Thailand, October 2-14, 2004 More than 500 delegates participating in the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) packed the Retro Live Café on Oct. 4 in Bangkok's Queen Sirikit National Conference for the Species Survival Network (SSN) reception.
AWI reviewed with revulsion Serving a Life Sentence for Your Viewing Pleasure!, a recent report by the Chimpanzee Collaboratory that details the inherent cruelty of the use of great apes in film and television. AWI strongly supports the Collaboratory's call for an end to the use of great apes in such entertainment.
Justice has been served to Buck and the thousands of ill-fated dogs and cats who passed through Class B dealer C.C. Baird's hands. The owner of Martin Creek Kennels in Williford, Ark. has surrendered his license to operate as a dealer to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of a plea agreement reached with the agency.
On a quiet Sunday morning last June, Marek Kryda and I drove west from Gdansk through the forests and farm villages of the former Polish Corridor. Our focus was Poldanor, a Danish hog factory operation that preceded Smithfield Foods in Poland—arriving in 1998—and has grown alarmingly.
"He is a white man wearing black who organises all. He has long hair that he always ties behind his head. He is dangerous. Never you joke with him. He has his own magic," the ivory dealer warns James (pseudonym), our agent, while closing another illegal deal near Cameroon's seaport. It is Christmas day and our team is impatient—we want to hear that our agent got a recorded confession so we can get him arrested with strong evidence. We have followed Hamza's involvement in the international trade for some time now.
When Congress returned from its election-week break, they considered the “Omnibus” spending bill—a massive federal funding package spanning thousands of pages and doling out nearly $400 billion. Members of Congress often use this sizable bill to fund pet projects that benefit their states or other constituencies.
Story and photos by Adam M. Roberts
The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA) has published a new book through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry entitled The Wildlife Law as a Tool for Protecting Threatened Species in Cameroon. The goal of the document is to make information regarding complex and disparate legal regulations in the country accessible to all stakeholders involved in wildlife law enforcement, including prosecutors and judges.
When I visited Bangkok, Thailand in May, in preparation for the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), it was a much different city. Deprived elephants wandered the streets with their keepers, who charged tourists a small fee to have a photograph taken feeding a banana to the poor animal. The weekend market had scores of wild animals for sale, and a gaggle of intent onlookers watched a cockfight in the middle of a series of food stalls.
Ann Free, dear friend of Christine Stevens, received AWI's Albert Schweitzer Medal in 1963 for her report of hundreds of laboratory beagles housed in tiny metal cages. The dogs were confined in a windowless sub-basement at the Food and Drug Administration for years while being used for studies on food additives. Ann's reporting led to Congressional action securing spacious indoor/outdoor kennels.
Tens of millions of cattle and lambs are raised for meat each year in the United States. Large numbers of these sentient beings are subjected to barren feedlots, painful mutilations and unnatural diets that most consumers do not wish to acknowledge. But with the development of AWI's husbandry standards for cattle and sheep, we have one more weapon in our arsenal to reject farm animal cruelty.