Winter 2006

Winter 2006 AWI QUarterly Cover - Photo by Merlin Tuttle
Volume
55
Number
1
About the Cover

The lesser long-nosed bat is one of six endangered bat species living in the continental United States (photo by Merlin Tuttle). Some plants depend almost entirely on this animal for pollination, making it a crucial player in many ecosystems. Unfortunately, many other bats are also at risk. In addition to those already listed as endangered, the US Fish and Wildlife Service considers at least 20 more species to be of special concern and likely in need of increased protection in the near future. Loss of habitat and other human causes are perhaps this creature's biggest threat, and some wind farms may be contributing to the problem.

The Endangered Species Act is our country's most important tool to preserve species on the brink of extinction, including these bats. For over 30 years, the landmark law has sheltered endangered or threatened animals and their habitats from profit-driven developers and corporations. However, this may change. A measure passed in the House of Representatives aims to strip the original Act of important protections.

Photo by Merlin Tuttle

Table of Contents

While the debate over culling elephants in the Kruger National Park rages on, work on the humane control of elephants in South Africa continues. The project has expanded to include seven additional game reserves with...
UK Bill Holds Promise On Oct. 13, England and Wales introduced a bill to modernize animal welfare standards. The unprecedented measure requires owners of all vertebrate animals to provide a suitable environment and diet, the...
By Ben Davies Ten Speed Press, 2005 ISBN: 1932771220 176 pages $29.95 Faithful readers of the AWI Quarterly are already familiar with the illicit trade in wildlife, the suffering these animals endure and the threat...
Seven Ways to Bring Biology Class Back to Life "Yuck" "Cool" "Ick" "Gross" The reactions vary, but almost every American teenager has had the experience of cutting up a frog or fetal pig in biology...
In 2005, both Houses of Congress voted to stop horse slaughter by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to fund the federally mandated inspection of horses slaughtered for human consumption (see story, page 12).
In Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating , renowned primatologist Jane Goodall inspires and empowers us to eat ethically and healthfully. She explains how our food is secretly laced with poison and pain...
While eating dogs is illegal in the Philippines, the dog meat trade still exists in some areas. Last fall, an undercover investigator (whose name must be withheld) funded in part by the Animal Welfare Institute...
Following impressive votes in Congress, an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill was signed into law to prohibit the federal funding of slaughterhouse inspections —which is required for the meat sold for human consumption.
With thousands of animals at risk in New Orleans, trying to save as many as possible was an endless labor of love.
Oversight of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is conducted by the Animal Care Program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following are highlights from...
We are pleased to announce a new grant program named in honor of Christine Stevens, the Animal Welfare Institute's founder and a dedicated defender of wildlife. For more than half a century, Mrs. Stevens relentlessly...
You hear about them, but to see one in the wild is rare. Many are charismatic and popular, such as the grizzly bear and the Florida panther, while others are obscure and unknown, like the...
The infamous 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Seattle, during which the world watched "turtles and teamsters" marching in protest together, highlighted the direct hit that animal welfare and wildlife conversation policies take...
More studies are needed to combat fatalities. With the rise in global warming making news headlines in recent months, supporting the development of renewable energy sources is a high priority for energy companies and environmentalists...
One, two, three, four, five…It took at least 24 minutes and four bullets for the first Yellowstone bison to die. The victim was grazing on public lands and showed no fear as a 17-year-old hunter...