Fall 2005

Fall 2005 AWI Quarterly Cover - Jeff Pantukhoff
Volume
54
Number
4
About the Cover

In Memory of Ben White (1951-2005)

"I dedicate this cover photograph of Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas, titled 'Family Portrait,' in celebration of Ben White's life and everything he did to protect dolphins, whales and other marine life. Ben touched so many souls from all walks (and swims) of life, and I had the good fortune of working with him on several campaigns. We've lost a great warrior, but his spirit lives on. Thanks for just being you, Ben." Jeff Pantukhoff, president and founder, The Whaleman Foundation.

The Animal Welfare Institute's Ben White, a courageous activist who put himself at risk for animals countless times, died of cancer in July 2005. We remember Ben and his work on behalf of all living things through his own account of a chance meeting with dolphins that changed the course of his life forever. For a copy of the full AWI Quarterly in PDF, click here.

Photo by Jeff Pantukhoff

Table of Contents

Culture, "the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education," was once thought of as only a human trait. Today, we know it is present in some animal societies. However, only primates...
Ben White "The briefest of encounters can still touch our hearts. Reminders of our mortality, our limited heartbeats, can steel our resolution to make each one of them count; to add a small liquid drop...
There's a terrible secret lurking alongside the smiling faces of clowns and acrobats at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
The Animal Welfare Institute is offering up to eight $6,000 Refinement Awards to North American residents, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Baird and his wife Patsy "knowingly and intentionally 1. received random source dogs and cats from prohibited sources… [and] 2. prepared false and fictitious paper and electronic acquisition records intended to deceive" by passing off...
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Ben White. In 1997, the Animal Welfare Institute was fortunate to have Ben join our crew. Though a gentle soul, Ben was a revolutionary,...
The vast majority who died were chickens raised for meat in confinement systems. Like the hens left to burn up in the fire, these animals were abandoned when disaster struck—and are commonly referred to as...
The outcome of June's International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting, held in Ulsan, South Korea, was different from that of previous years. On paper, the pro-whaling nations had a simple majority—and while this was not...
Fall 2005 Quarterly News from the Hill. brought to you by the Society for Animal Protective Legislation
The bad news is the global ozone layer is currently in its most fragile state, and recovery may be decades or longer away. An ozone hole roughly the size of North America continues to develop...
Costa Rica has introduced regulations banning dolphin and whale captivity; "swim-with" programs are also now illegal. The country is renowned for its progressive approach to conservation, but this success is largely due to three years...
In research, the size of the cages in which rabbits are kept is important, but the way their living quarters are enriched is just as significant. In fact, an unfurnished cage is so boring for...
We sadly inform you that world-renowned animal and environmental activist Ben White died in late July. A non-violent freedom fighter in what he called a 300-year war against nature, he had the conviction to use...
A paddock full of dehydrated pigs with foaming mouths was only one of the horrific sights Hussein S. Hussein witnessed at facilities owned by the University of Nevada at Reno (UNR).
Researcher Stephanie Yue of the University of Guelph in Canada shares her team's surprising findings on fish sentience and ponders the ethical implications
Horses living in the Heber territory of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona may be removed by the US Forest Service and sent to an auction that will put them at risk of slaughter.

Marine Life

The Norwegian government claims about 80 percent of whales the country's hunters kill die instantly, and the remainder die within two minutes of the impact of the harpoon. Footage from a new film reveals this...