Winter 2009

Winter 2009 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Duncan Usher/ Foto Natura/ Minden Pictures
About the Cover

Being nocturnal, this wild hamster is foraging at night for a delicious morsel. Seeds, wild grasses and flowers constitute much of the hamster’s diet, which he will stuff in his cheek pouches for maximum carrying capacity before hoarding it away for the long-term. Hamsters tend to be territorial, both in the wild and in the laboratory setting, so these cheek pouches (also known as evaginations) come in handy when trying to keep food from others living close by. However, it is important for researchers to monitor hoarding instincts in the laboratory, as overeating could lead to health problems.
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Photo by Duncan Usher/ Foto Natura/ Minden Pictures

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Serbia, at the heart of former Yugoslavia and the Balkans, is one of the few places left in Europe where brown bears continue to be cruelly abused for profit and human amusement.
ALTHOUGH NO ACTION WAS TAKEN on the Pet Safety and Protection Act in the last Congress, the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill and the FARM bill were adopted; both include language regarding random...
In response to the Hallmark-Westland slaughter plant exposé, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG ) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assessed what had transpired at Hallmark, if it could have been prevented,...
Coyotes and humans have shared the same environment since long before European settlers arrived in North America.


While many people are familiar with the inhumane nature of puppy mills - dog breeding operations where animals are overbred, overcrowded and often poorly cared for - most are unaware of mass-breeding bird facilities.