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AWI’s Annual Rally to Save the Vaquita

Dear Humanitarian, The vaquita is the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. Fewer than 30 individuals are believed to remain. Once again AWI has joined forces with...

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Animals in Experiments

Tell NIH Humane Animal Care is a Research Responsibility Dear Humanitarian, Laboratories that use animals for experimentation and testing sense an opportunity to achieve a long-held goal: to weaken the already minimal care requirements of...

Ohio: Help Stop Misleading Puppy Mill Bill

Dear Humanitarian, HB 506, a bill purporting to improve the Commercial Dog Breeders Act and to strengthen regulations for large-scale dog breeders, better known as puppy mills, passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is...

Ask Your Representative to Oppose the Farm Bill

Dear Humanitarian, The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), a.k.a. "the 2018 Farm Bill," is currently being debated on the floor of the US House of Representatives! In its present form, this bill...

Tell USDA Not To "Privatize" Animal Welfare

Dear Humanitarian, AWI is alarmed to report that the US Department of Agriculture is resurrecting a discredited idea from the past that would undermine Animal Welfare Act (AWA) enforcement by putting animals at the mercy...

Last Chance to Save the Organic Animal Welfare Rule!

Dear Humanitarian, In early January 2017, the USDA published an Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule designed to improve the standard of living for millions of organically raised animals across the country. This rule...

Massachusetts Lobby Day for Circus Elephants Is January 17

Dear Massachusetts Humanitarian, On Wednesday, January 17, Massachusetts citizens like you who care about animal welfare have an exciting opportunity to add your voice to the legislative process by attending Lobby Day for Circus Elephants...

Say NO to Faster Chicken Slaughter

Dear Humanitarian, The chicken industry has petitioned the USDA to allow waivers of the maximum line speeds prescribed for poultry slaughter plants. The current limit is an already dizzying speed of 140 to 175 birds...

Ask the US Government Not to Encourage Trophy Hunting!

Dear Humanitarian, The US Fish and Wildlife Service made the disturbing announcement yesterday that it plans to form an advisory panel specifically dedicated to promoting international trophy hunting opportunities for US citizens. The misleadingly named...

Invitation to Hill Event on Biodiversity

Wildlife Corridors and Saving America's Biodiversity: A Conversation with Dr. E.O. Wilson Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:00-3:30PM US Capitol Visitor Center: Congressional Auditorium and Atrium Dear Humanitarian in the DC metro area, As an activist...

Please take action to help save the vaquita!

Dear Humanitarian, Fewer than 30 vaquita porpoise are left, found only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. For decades, this diminutive cetacean has been killed by entanglement in gillnets used to catch shrimp for sale...

Farm Animals Need You!

Please join AWI in urging members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to ensure that Congress does not impede the USDA's efforts to improve animal welfare. You can send emails to your legislators who...

California: Please Help Save the Vaquita Porpoise

On April 4, the California Assembly's Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife will meet to discuss AB 1151 , a bill concerning vaquita-harmful fish and fish products. Introduced by Assemblymember Todd Gloria, AB 1151 would...

The USDA Is Allowing Consumers to Be Misled

Please join AWI in urging the USDA to revise its new guidance document to align animal raising standards with consumer expectations. You can use AWI's online Compassion Index to submit your comments by the December...

Colorado: Vote NO on Amendment 71 This Election Day

Colorado residents: On Election Day, pleaseremember to vote NO on Amendment 71, which could block animal welfare reforms. Back in 1994, Coloradans passed a ballot initiative to ban the use of cruel body-gripping traps and...

Virginia Holds Key to Passing PAWS Act

As a constituent of US Representative Robert Goodlatte, you have a unique and very important role to play in getting the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, H.R. 1258, through Congress . Rep. Goodlatte is...

Help Protect Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins!

The US National Marine Fisheries Service has finally drafted a proposal to protect spinner dolphins from harassment in Hawaii, but the proposal is insufficient and will not work! Please tell the agency to establish regulations...

Support USDA's Effort to Put the Hurt on Horse Soring

Great news out of the US Department of Agriculture! The department has issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, will bring us closer to ending the egregiously inhumane practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses, racking...

Ask CITES to Save African Elephants

It is estimated that nearly 100 African elephants are slaughtered each day for their ivory. The poaching and illegal trade in ivory is driving elephant populations toward extinction. Join us in asking member countries of...

Kansas Holds Key to Passing PAWS Act

Please contact Sen. Roberts and ask him to cosponsor S. 1559 and move the bill from his committee to the floor of the Senate. Please also contact your representative about cosponsoring H.R. 1258. (Reps. Lynn...

Don't Be Fooled by the Claim "Natural"

Please join AWI in urging the USDA and the FDA to restrict the use of the term natural for the benefit of consumers and animals. You can use AWI's online Compassion Index to submit your...

Help End Orca Captivity in California

It is vitally important that you call your senators and assembly member TODAY and let them know you wish them to vote YES on AB 1453. Let's make the 11 orcas in California the last...

Please Contact Your Senator Before Thursday!

Good news! Thanks to the efforts of activists like yourself, the New Hampshire House passed HB 1547, a bill to prohibit and punish bestiality as a separate crime, and the Senate is poised to take...

Support Bill to Strengthen Ohio Cruelty Law

The Ohio State Senate Criminal Justice Committee will soon consider SB 195, a bill to prohibit and punish bestiality as a separate crime under Ohio's animal cruelty law. Please ask your senator to support this...

Orcas Need the Ocean, not a Bigger Box!

The CCC will consider the Blue World Project proposal, CDP Application No. 6-15-0422, at its October hearing in Long Beach, California. AWI will be present to testify against the permit application, but the CCC needs...

Key Hearing in DC from Tuesday, August 18 to August 21

Next Tuesday (August 18) marks a historic event in Washington, DC: the US Department of Agriculture's case against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT) is scheduled to be heard by an administrative law judge. This is...

Stop the Slaughter of Downed Veal Calves

The USDA is accepting comments on the proposed regulations. Please send comments to the USDA before the August 12 deadline, thanking the department for its efforts to improve animal welfare through the regulations and indicating...

Join AWI in a Rally for the Vanishing Vaquita

The vaquita is the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. Fewer than 60 individuals are believed to remain. AWI is organizing a rally outside the Mexican Embassy...

Stop the Florida Bear Hunt

On June 24, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on a proposal to allow trophy hunting of black bears in Florida. The proposal would allow for hundreds of bears to be...

Urge NMFS to Deny Makah Permission to Hunt Gray Whales

In March, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) initiated its latest effort to permit the Makah Tribe of Washington to hunt gray whales by releasing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public review and...

Protest Peru's Dolphin and Shark Slaughter

Although dolphins are protected on paper by Peruvian law, thousands of dolphins are killed by fishermen each year in Peruvian waters, hunted with harpoons and butchered on board. Some of these social and intelligent creatures...

North Carolina: Say No to Ag-Gag Legislation

Activists like you have worked hard to keep anti-whistleblower (or "ag-gag") laws out of North Carolina. These laws attempt to criminalize investigations of farm animal abuse. Undercover investigations, often executed by employees, are an important...

Urge USDA to Improve Live Animal Export Rules

Millions of animals are exported from the United States each year and shipped thousands of miles to countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey; in 2014 the US exported over 100 million birds, 100,000 cows,...

Help Protect Wildlife and Public Lands

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Join AWI in opposing S. 405, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. If enacted, this legislation would harm wildlife and the environment, and would interfere with important laws including the Toxic Substances...

The Orca Welfare and Safety Act in California

Please contact Speaker Atkins and ask her to schedule a hearing on the Orca Welfare and Safety Act. Please be polite but firm, and tell her that transparent and open discussion of the animal welfare...

The USDA Is Doing What?

At the US Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), tax dollars are being used to fund cruel experiments—intended to benefit industrial agriculture—whereby animals are starved to death, born with deformities, kept in crates so small that...

S. 998: Pigs in Gestation Crates in New Jersey

Governor Christie ignored the will of the New Jersey people and vetoed S. 998. This does not mean the fight is over—please stay tuned for more actions you can take to help pigs in New...

You Need to Take Action, Because USDA Hasn't

Please contact APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and point out that USDA's unconscionable failure to hold SCBT accountable flies in the face of his own public statement about USDA's improved enforcement of the AWA. Even if...

Red Wolves Need Your Urgent Help!

We need your help! We must help ensure that red wolves have a future in North Carolina, their only home in the wild. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now gathering feedback from members...

Please Tell USFWS to Protect Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths

Late last year, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) filed an emergency petition to list the pygmy three-toed sloth ( Bradypus pygmaeus ) as endangered under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). Endemic to Panama’s Isla...

Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced H.R. 4525, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would restrict the use of a wild or exotic animal in an act if that animal had been on the...

Urge Congress to End Cruel Animal Testing for Cosmetics

The Humane Cosmetics Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA). This bipartisan bill—H.R. 2858—would phase out the use...

FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Because the Senate could vote on the FY15 Agriculture Appropriations bill this week, please make a brief, polite phone call to both of your senators today and urge a "NO" vote on ANY amendments that...

North Carolina: Act Now to Protect Red Wolves!

On May 13, 2014, AWI and co-plaintiffs won an important preliminary legal victory to protect red wolves in North Carolina. A federal court halted all coyote hunting (a huge threat to red wolf survival) in...

New Jersey: Help Make "Humane" Labels Truthful

You recently received an action alert from the Animal Welfare Institute informing you about how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not properly regulate animal welfare and environmental stewardship label claims on meat...

Shouldn't "Humane" Labels be Accurate?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing meat and poultry companies to use animal welfare and sustainability label claims, like "humanely raised" and "sustainably farmed," on their products with little or no evidence...

Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act ( S. 1406 / H.R. 1518 ) would finally remove these shortcomings by amending the Horse Protection Act, to end the industry's failed system of self-policing, ban the...

Connecticut: Farm Animals Deserve Better

A bill has been introduced in the Connecticut legislature that is intended to stymie any effort to improve conditions for farm animals. The bill, H.B. 5416, creates a livestock advisory council that will claim to...

Join Us in Speaking Up for Animals in Illinois!

Please join the Animal Welfare Institute, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Illinois Animal Welfare Federation, Born Free USA, and your fellow animal advocates in Springfield on Wednesday, May 7,...

Illinois: Help Protect Children and Companion Animals

The Executive Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 3231, which provides for additional penalties when animal cruelty is committed in front of a child. This will help law enforcement better protect...

Tell Costco to Take the GE-Free Pledge

AWI and our animal welfare and environmental partners are working to stop stores from selling genetically engineered (GE) seafood by getting them to sign the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood.

New Jersey: Oppose Cruel Trapping of Beavers

A bill (S2492) that threatens beavers and other wildlife by removing a limit on the issuance of beaver trapping permits is expected to come up for a vote before the full New Jersey Senate as...

Arizona: Arizona Governor to Veto a Dangerous Bill

Great news: Governor Doug Ducey vetoed HB2150, which would have weakened protections for farm animals! We cannot thank you enough for urging Gov. Ducey to veto the bill! Please take a moment to thank the...

Tell Governor Otter to Veto Ag-Gag Bill S 1337

Update: Unfortunately, Governor Otter signed ag-gag bill S.1337 into law. We are disappointed with the governor’s decision but it will not stop us from working to protect farm animals in the state. Thank you for...

Act Now to Protect Red Wolves

Red wolves—whose wild population had once been wiped out—were reintroduced into their native range along the western Albemarle peninsula in the late 1980s. Today, they are a protected species and it is a violation of...

Urgent Action Needed to Save Pennsylvania Wildlife

Update: The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has decided not to bring to a vote HB 1576, a bill that would have crippled endangered species protections in the state. Thanks to the members and leadership of...

Help Stop the King Amendment from Becoming Law

February 7, 2014 Update: President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law today. Lucky for animals, the new law does not include the “King Amendment,” which would have severely weakened state animal protection measures....

Please Support Emergency Protection for Rhinos

Update: ESA protections began immediately for southern white rhinos under this interim final rule. Fish and Wildlife Service is now in the process of deciding on the final rule based on comments received by October...

Oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill

On July 11, the U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the 2013 Farm Bill (H.R. 1947). Included in the House bill is a provision introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that would prohibit...

Tell Kroger to Take the GE-Free Pledge

Update: Great news— Kroger has pledged not to sell GE salmon! Kroger stores will now be added to the growing list of over 9,000 stores nationwide that won’t sell GE salmon even if approved by...

Massachusetts: Farm Animals Deserve More

Imagine spending nearly your entire life confined in quarters so restrictive that you could not turn around or extend your limbs. This, unfortunately, is the fate of the vast majority of pregnant pigs, veal calves,...

Help Ban Coyote and Fox Penning in Virginia

Update: Despite the objections of more than 2,000 Virginians, the Virginia Game Board passed these new fox pen regulations that do little to stop dogs from killing foxes within these pens.

Your Voice Is Needed for Chimpanzees in NIH Research

In December 2011, a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity declared that "most current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary." In response to...

New York: Help Get Farm Animals out of Crates and Cages

Millions of pigs, calves and chickens are forced to spend their lives confined in spaces so small they can't even turn around. Gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages prevent animals from performing natural behaviors,...

Stop FDA from Approving Genetically Engineered Salmon

Approval of the AquaBounty salmon application will represent the first genetically engineered (GE) animal for human consumption. If AquaBounty salmon is approved, meat from other GE animals—including pigs and cattle—will likely follow. The American public,...

Speak Out Against Coyote Hunting Contest in California

Please join AWI and Project Coyote in calling on the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CADFW) and the California Fish & Game Commission (Commission) to stop a proposed coyote killing contest hunt planned for...

Please Help Prevent Pirate Whaling by Greenland!

UPDATE: Rather than returning to the IWC to seek approval for a new whaling quota, either by emergency postal vote or a special IWC meeting, Greenland self-allocated a whaling quota for 2013—a violation of the...

Act Now to Protect Red Wolves in the Wild

Dear Humanitarian, The last remaining red wolves in the wild need your help. North Carolina is home to the only wild population, where they were reintroduced into their native range along the western Albemarle peninsula...