Current Cases

Protecting Wild Horses

Through this litigation, AWI and other groups seek to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting surgical sterilization experiments on federally protected wild horses in Oregon. In May of 2018, the BLM announced...

Protection of Fire Island Deer

Through this litigation, AWI and Wildlife Preserves seek to prevent the killing of white-tailed deer within the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS), which is located in Suffolk County, New York, and managed by the National...

Protection of Red Wolves

Designated as an endangered species in 1967, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild in 1980. In 1987, an experimental population of red wolves was reintroduced into eastern North Carolina within the designated...

Protection of Canada Lynx

The Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs brought claims against the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for allowing trappers in Maine to seriously injure and kill Canada lynx ( Lynx canadensis ), a federally...

Protection of California Wildlife

In November 2014, the Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs brought claims against Mendocino County, California, for violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The lawsuit alleged that Mendocino County failed to conduct legally required...

Protection of Ocelots

In May 2016, the Animal Welfare Institute and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program over the government’s failure to ensure that...