Spring 2005

Spring 2005 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Len Rue Jr.
Volume
54
Number
2
About the Cover

The majestic barren ground caribou is one of approximately 36 species of mammals currently living in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This animal, now enjoying its vast range in the alpine tundra, may soon be in danger. Recent action in the Senate has put the caribou's habitat at risk of destruction for the drilling of a trivial amount of oil. While proponents of drilling claim it can be done without damage, it is not a risk worth taking on such a national treasure (photo by Len Rue Jr.).

Looking back in time at the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill across 1,300 miles of coastline in Alaska is a reminder that precious wildlife and their habitats should not be taken for granted. Thousands of animals died of causes such as oil coating and inhalation of fumes. A decade after the accident, relatively fresh and toxic oil was still present at several beaches, and remnants from the spill despoil the area's landscape even today.

Photo by Len Rue Jr.

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Table of Contents

Despite the continued presence of poaching in parts of Africa, elephant populations are growing at rates of 4 to 5 percent in some regions of the continent. At the same time, a decline in elephant...
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) recently partnered with the Doris Day Animal League to produce Basic Guidelines for Operating an Equine Rescue or Retirement Facility with the aim of ensuring the proper care of horses...
Are some birds shy? Can a dolphin recognize himself in a mirror? Do elephants mourn their dead? Will a bat perform random acts of kindness? One hundred years ago, if a well-educated man of Western...
Smithfield Foods Inc. expanded to the Romanian market last year by purchasing an intensive pig breeding farm and one of the country's biggest refrigerating storage companies. Smithfield is currently conducting advanced negotiations over the purchase...
For over 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has been the landmark law providing critical protections for endangered species and their habitats. Recently, House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA) and several of his colleagues...
The use of aircraft to hunt wildlife is illegal in most places, but not in Alaska. Hunters can legally fly planes across the sky and gun down wolves in the snow below them using a...
Hog dog rodeos, also known as hog catches, are taking place in rural areas of the South and the Midwest, and those who profit from them bill animal cruelty as family entertainment. In actuality, it...
The kangaroo is the most famous symbol of the "land down under," but Australia is not doing its part to protect its greatest animal celebrity. Kangaroos are a mere commodity; Australia exports 3 million of...
On the morning of Feb. 6, 2005, Marcela Egea did something she had done every morning for several years. She let Bubba and Savannah, her English Mastiffs, outside for a run on her 41-acre property...
Marine mammal stranding incidents that coincide with the use of Navy sonar have been in the news yet again. Dozens of cetaceans from three species stranded off the North Carolina coast in January, and over...
We sadly report that Madeleine Bemelmans died just after Christmas 2004. She was an essential part of the stalwart band Christine Stevens assembled, mostly in her dining room, when the Animal Welfare Institute was founded...
The issue of whether to tap Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas has been highly debated for more than two decades. For years, legislation to allow such drilling has been blocked in...
The issue of bears in captivity took the spotlight at a recent conference concerning the European Brown Bear in Central Europe, hosted last February in Bucharest, Romania by the Romanian Alliance for the Protection of...
The 92nd Congress had never experienced such a deluge of letters—it was as if the spirit of America's wild horses had suddenly infected the entire nation. Newspaper editorials, radio talk shows and television coverage were...