Summer 2005

Summer 2005 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Daniel J. Cox
Volume
54
Number
3
About the Cover

The Toklat wolves of Alaska’s Denali National Park are among the most-studied and well-known animals around the world (photo by Daniel J. Cox). Unfortunately, they have endured horrific tragedies in recent months, with the deaths of several pack members due to trapping and hunting occurring in close proximity. These beautiful creatures deserve a safe haven (see story, page 7). The Society for Animal Protective Legislation has fought for improved laws for wolves and other animals in the wild since it was formed half a century ago. Banning steel-jaw leghold traps and lobbying for protection of species threatened with extinction are two of the Society’s main efforts. In the last issue, the Animal Welfare Institute reported on the problem of aerial or land-and-shoot hunting of wolves, as well as the threat to animals from potential drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AWI Quarterly, Spring 2005). We hope Alaska’s wolves will receive needed security before it is too late, as they are much maligned and endangered in the rest of the United States.

Photo by Daniel J. Cox

Table of Contents

Since 1963, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has exhibited at the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 21 times, providing information on the humane treatment of animals. In December 2004, AWI submitted...
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is proud to be a supporting member of America's Whale Alliance (AWA). This coalition of over 80 US groups was founded by Ocean Defense International in response to the apparent...
Several years ago, Ben White of AWI co-founded the cetacean freedom network , an email-based assembly of captivity-conscious individuals and groups.
A pseudo-environmental political campaign was concocted back in 1997 to "protect" nearly 60 million acres of unroaded backcountry in national forests. Launched with great fanfare and expensive publicity, President Clinton put the protection into effect...
Although wolves are considered an endangered species throughout the United States, they number in the thousands in Alaska—where it remains legal to hunt them. April 30, 2005 marked the end of Alaska's most recent hunting...
After a period of phasing out the force-feeding of ducks and geese to produce foie gras, this horrific practice has finally ended in Israel. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled almost two years ago that force-feeding...
Mieczyslaw Gorny, a conservationist and organic farming and animal welfare activist who used his position as one of the leading environmental experts in Poland to promote humane farming and animal protection measures, died May 15...
Are we there yet? In the confines of your comfortable car, how often has someone asked just that? Now imagine traveling for hundreds of miles in a bleak, overcrowded space with no temperature control, little...
On April 28th, the House and the Senate both approved the final annual budget resolution conference report, which effectively permits potentially devastating activity on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Refuge.
Animals around the world are a step closer to receiving the humane conditions they deserve, after delegates from all 167 member countries of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) adopted live transport and slaughter standards...
Due to a 2002 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act, millions of birds used in experimentation each year in the United States are no longer defined as "animals," and are denied this federal oversight as...
After shocking revelations of unsanitary practices at one of its plants, the world's largest pork producer has sent in a team of experts to save its image and its investments. US-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. shut...
Saving Amazon rainforests is the goal of many environmental groups around the world, but the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) differs from most of its fellow organizations in its motivations. "The agenda we have is driven...
American horses may soon be safe from slaughter, thanks to two recent landmark votes in Congress. The first prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the slaughter of wild horses, and the second goes...
The Animal Welfare Institute previously reported on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's struggle to extricate itself from an economically and culturally disadvantageous lease arrangement with Sun Prairie and Bell Farms to create the world's third largest...
In our nation's capital, there are lobbyists for every industry imaginable—agriculture, energy, tobacco, defense—but what about the animals? Who lobbies for them? Fifty years ago, it was illegal for non-profit tax-exempt organizations to engage in...
It sounds too unbelievable to be true, but Helen and Bill Thayer actually lived alongside a pack of wolves for an entire year. With the motivation of studying the animals outside of captivity, within a...
Our group at the University of Texas has pursued techniques to refine the handling and management of non-human primates in the laboratory for several years now, with the direct goal of enhancing their welfare. We...