Spring 2006

Spring 2006 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Sa Team/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures
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Squirrel monkeys made up more than half the primates imported to Mexico from Guyana between 2000 and 2005. Fortunately, in January 2006, Mexico's General Wildlife Act was modified to ban the import and export of both primates and marine mammals for exhibition purposes. The law is a conservation tool for wild populations, but it will also pay off for captive animals, as facilities must improve their welfare policies now that the creatures are no longer replaceable (see story).

Meanwhile, squirrel monkeys are facing other threats. Dead monkeys were recently discovered in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park, and the cause of their demise was starvation. The animals rely on a diet of fruit, insects, leaves and stems, and global warming-induced climate change in the rainforest has led to excessive rainfall that caused trees to not bear fruit. This weather also made it difficult for the monkeys to forage for food on the ground. If we do not take drastic measures to reverse the problem, global warming will have similarly devastating effects on animal populations across the globe (see story).

Photo by Sa Team/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures

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Table of Contents

A Northern bottlenose whale took a wrong turn and wandered up the River Thames to central London in late January, much to the delight of hundreds of Londoners.
After Brief Hiatus, Aerial Wolf Gunning in Alaska Resumes UNITED STATES As we reported in the spring 2005 AWI Quarterly, using an aircraft to hunt down wildlife is illegal in most places—but not in Alaska....
New Book Helps Rodents and Rabbits The latest publication from
Remembering Leibchen Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue's Terri Valenti contacted us with the sad news that Leibchen has died. Readers may remember this Hurricane Katrina dog from the previous AWI Quarterly; she clung to life for...
This Cuvier's beaked whale is one of four who stranded in an atypical mass stranding event in Southern Spain. Antonio Jesús Fernández Rodríguez
"I don't remember not loving turkeys," said Frank Reese, owner of the Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch.
Environmental activist Yolanda Alaniz helps Mexico achieve landmark legislation for marine mammals and primates.
The AgriProcessors (AGRI) kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa was documented mutilating still-conscious cows and using improper and brutal handling practices for killing poultry (AWI Quarterly, winter 2005). An undercover People for the Ethical Treatment of...
Why Different Animals Form Bonds
Luna, a playful orca whale separated from his pod, was known for interacting with humans.
Despite an extremely high manatee mortality rate in 2005, wildlife scientists in Florida have proposed a downlisting of the species from "endangered" to "threatened" under state law.
SUPPORT H.R. 503/S. 1915 With overwhelming public support, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) convinced Congress to pass an amendment to the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that prohibits your tax dollars from being used...
This year, the Caribbean is not just a popular destination for vacationers and pre-World Cup cricket enthusiasts, as the 2006 International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting will be held in St. Kitts and Nevis in June.
The US Navy is planning a 550-square mile permanent active sonar range off the North Carolina coast—a hotspot for marine mammal species such as the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.
On Dec. 1, 2005, the US government signed into law the Caribbean National Forest Act of 2005, designating nearly 4,047 hectares of the Caribbean National Forest and another site in Puerto Rico's Luquillo Experimental Forest...
Over the winter, Japanese whalers tried to kill their self-appointed scientific research whaling quota of over 1,200 Bryde's, fin, humpback, minke, sei and sperm whales.


It was a troubling site. In September 2004, US Minerals Management Service researchers found four dead polar bears floating in the Beaufort Sea. The scientists concluded that as many as 40 polar bears likely drowned...

Farm Animals

Mild forms of avian influenza are relatively common, but its mutation into a virulent strain such as H5N1 is cause for a strong scientific and humane international response. To date, almost 200 people have been...