Animal Welfare Institute Announces Christine Stevens Wildlife Award Winners

Award Recognizes, Funds Researchers Creating Solutions for Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute officially announced today the winners of its annual Christine Stevens Wildlife Award. Established in 2006, the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award provides grants of up to $10,000 to help fund innovative strategies for humane, non-lethal wildlife conflict management and study.

“Habitat destruction and degradation, urban and suburban sprawl, and lethal management of wildlife make conflicts between wildlife and humans inevitable,” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “We proudly salute the recipients of the 2014 Christine Stevens Wildlife Award who are helping create much-needed solutions and improving techniques to address these conflicts.”

The 2014 Christine Stevens Wildlife Award grant winners are as follows:

  • Dr. Duff Kennedy of the Santa Barbara Zoo for ongoing research on the California condor nest-guarding program
  • Professor Janet Mann of Georgetown University for new research on noninvasive hormone monitoring in captive and wild cetaceans
  • Suzanne Stone of Defenders of Wildlife for new research on the efficacy of foxlights in reducing wolf-livestock conflict
  • Dr. Ron Sutherland of the Wildlands Network for new research on the ecological impacts of the red wolf in eastern North Carolina
  • Dr. Rob Williams of Oceans Initiative for new research on the sustainability and welfare aspects of marine mammal deaths in British Columbia salmon farms
     

A grant program named in honor of AWI’s late founder and president for over 50 years, the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award was created to honor Stevens’ legacy and inspire a new generation of compassionate wildlife scientists, managers and advocates. For over half a century, Stevens dedicated her life to reducing animal suffering both here and abroad. She founded AWI in 1951 to end the cruel treatment of animals in experimental laboratories. Inevitably, her work expanded to take on other animal welfare causes, including preventing animal extinctions and reforming methods used to raise animals for food, banning steel-jaw leghold traps, ending commercial whaling, and much more.

For more information about the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award and this year’s winners, please visit http://awionline.org/content/christine-stevens-wildlife-awards.

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Media Contact:
Amey Owen, amey@awionline.org, AWI, (202) 446-2128

About The Christine Stevens Wildlife Award
The Christine Stevens Wildlife Award
is a grant program named in honor of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)’s late founder and president for over 50 years. Each year, the program provides grants of up to $10,000 to award recipients to help spur innovative and creative research to help develop such wildlife conflict management techniques and strategies. With this grant program, AWI aims to honor Stevens’ legacy and inspire a new generation of compassionate wildlife scientists, managers and advocates. For more information on the award, visit http://awionline.org/content/christine-stevens-wildlife-awards.

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