AWI Book and Movie Reviews

New Book Helps Rodents and Rabbits

Variables, Refinement and Environmental Enrichment for Rodents and Rabbits kept in Research Institutions by Viktor and Annie Reinhardt - AWI Book ReviewThe latest publication from the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Variables, Refinement and Environmental Enrichment for Rodents and Rabbits kept in Research Institutions by Viktor and Annie Reinhardt, offers guidance on how animal care personnel can effectively care for rodents and rabbits kept in research facilities.

It covers refinement possibilities for housing, husbandry and handling-related factors that typically cause stress and distress reactions, as well as species-appropriate improvements that promote physical and behavioral well-being. The book is based on a review of data-supported published material and is an essential resource for those concerned with the welfare of rodents and rabbits used for experimentation, testing and teaching. Please contact AWI if you are interested in receiving a copy.


The Meatrix II: Revolting

The Meatrix II: Revolting - AWI Film ReviewThe Meatrix II: Revolting is now online! Following in the critically acclaimed hoof prints of 2003's The Meatrix, the popular spoof of the feature-length film The Matrix, The Meatrix II features a trench coat-clad cow named Moopheus, a pig named Leo (who just might be "the One"), and a saucy chicken named Chickity. The animated short reveals the cruelty behind the commercial dairy industry, including the use of growth hormones and the practice of cutting the tails off of cows.

Humorous and educational, the goal of The Meatrix series is to motivate consumers to purchase food produced in sustainable ways that protect animals, as well as the environment, communities and workers. Like its predecessor, the sequel is coupled with online resources and general literature that informed diners can leave at restaurants. The Meatrix team has also recently launched a campaign asking Starbucks to stop using milk with recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). To view the short and learn related information about the campaign, please visit


Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues
Reflections on Redecorating Nature

Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues - AWI Book ReviewBy Marc Bekoff
Temple University Press, 2005
ISBN: 1592133487; 320 pages, $26.95

In this collection of essays, author Marc Bekoff brings together some of the most important findings he has presented throughout his career as a biologist and an animal behaviorist. By asking questions such as, "Do animals experience emotions?" and "Do animals have a sense of self?" he gives the reader detailed investigations into the minds of the creatures around us. Yet while Bekoff successfully challenges traditional views of animal behavior, his explanation of the distinction between animal rights and animal welfare advocates is inaccurate. He mistakenly suggests the goals of those in the animal protection community are the same as industry's maligned view of "welfare."