Spring 2003

Spring 2003 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Frans Lanting
Volume
52
Number
2
About the Cover

Photographer Frans Lanting’s camera lens captured this Scarlet macaw (Ara macao) nesting in a tree cavity in Tambopata, Peru. One of the most vibrantly colorful birds, this parrot species is rapidly losing its habitat while individual animals are poached for the global pet trade, where a single bird can fetch prices reaching $2,000. Nest poaching for macaw and numerous other parrots poses a grave threat to their long-term viability in the wild. A burgeoning ecotourism industry, where wild birds are left alone to be viewed by enamored tourists in their natural surroundings, could save them. Simultaneously, however, stricter controls must be put in place to stop the global trade in exotic birds. After the United States drastically restricted—in some cases prohibited—importation of the most threatened wild birds, the European Union became the world’s most significant importer of these animals for the pet trade. Now, an effort is underway to push the E.U. to follow America’s lead and ban the import of wild-caught birds (see story pages 10-11).

Photo by Frans Lanting

Table of Contents

In November 1998, a coalition consisting of Concerned Rosebud Area Citizens, Humane Farming Association, South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, and Prairie Hills Audubon Society took on an unprecedented legal battle against what was scheduled...
Exotic birds are beautiful animals, kept by millions of people as captive companions. Sadly, the global trade in wild birds has a drastically negative impact on their ability to survive in their natural habitats. Mortality...
Every year in the United States, over nine billion farm animals are raised, transported, and slaughtered for food. The vast majority of these animals must endure months, or even years, of intensive confinement and grossly...
At last, a restaurant chain not only lives up to its pledge to let pigs be pigs down on the farm, but advertises that commitment. Chipotle, with 250 quick service restaurants in 10 states, publicly...
Despite widespread international efforts by humane organizations and an embarrassingly small number of scientists to reduce the number of animals utilized for research, their use continues to grow exponentially.
For decades fishermen in Futo, Japan have hunted dolphins-killing thousands of them. In 1999 we took video footage of the slaughter of a pod of 80 bottlenose dolphins at Futo. When the footage was shown...
Do our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, rapidly diving toward extinction, deserve special consideration and targeted protection in the global community? A group of primatologists, conservationists, and animal advocates think so, and they have...
On a perfect spring day in Washington, as tulips across the city reached toward the heavens, hundreds of people gathered in a vast, sun-drenched room overlooking the majestic Potomac River to share fond remembrances of...
John Kullberg, the careful, conscientious and dedicated President of the Board of the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, died on April 20 after a long battle with cancer. He fought the disease courageously for a...
By Erich Hoyt Co-Director, Far Eastern Russia Orca Project, and Vanessa Williams Conservation Manager, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
For years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) lavished millions of taxpayers' dollars on The Coulston Foundation (TCF) though it was cited for nearly 300 violations of the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations by the...
At least 1,000 dolphins per year are killed illegally by fishermen along the Peruvian coast, according to the Peruvian nongovernmental organization Mundo Azul ("Blue World"). Their meat is sold on a flourishing black market, and...
Among the world's "decision makers," palms open to receive what the great corporations provide, few have proven more susceptible than the former Communist aparatchiks of eastern and central Europe. There is, at the same time,...
On January 9, 2003, Senator Barbara Boxer of California introduced a new bill to Congress that would preserve the original definition and intent of the dolphin-safe label on canned tuna fish, a label she presented...
Fewer than 45 elephants reside in The Kingdom of Swaziland, a small country wedged between South Africa and Mozambique. If California's San Diego Zoo and Florida's Lowry Park Zoo have their way, Swaziland's elephant population...
Brown bears (Ursus arctos) in Eastern Europe may be imperiled by a dramatically increased annual kill in the Republic of Slovenia, a relatively new nation that declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. On October 10,...
The Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare Institute is pleased to announce that it has established the Christine Stevens Memorial Fund to ensure the long-term viability of AWI’s essential campaigns. We have taken great...
Many of us toil by day with focused determination, dreaming at night of a better life-perhaps one that is easier, richer, or more fulfilling. For the imprisoned brown bear in Elizabeth Stanley's The Deliverance of...
In a complaint filed February 23, 2003, in the Superior Court of California, Humboldt County, District Attorney (DA) Paul Gallegos and his legal team have charged The Pacific Lumber Company (PL) with "Deceptive Concealment," "Fraudulent...