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AWI Applauds Reintroduction of Big Cat Public Safety Act

Monday, January 11, 2021
Washington, DC—The Big Cat Public Safety Act, which passed the US House of Representatives by a strong bipartisan majority last month, was reintroduced today by Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). This bill...

Fish and Wildlife Service Weakens Migratory Bird Protections

Thursday, January 07, 2021
Washington, DC—Today, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a new regulation that weakens the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by no longer penalizing individuals and corporations for the “incidental” killing of birds protected...

Congress Passes Historic Legislation to Protect Racehorses

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Update: On December 27, President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending package, which includes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds the passage of the Horseracing...

1.6+ Million Farm Animals Died in Barn Fires in 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Washington, DC—More than 1.6 million farm animals, including nearly 1.3 million cage-free hens, have perished in potentially preventable barn fires so far this year, according to an Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) analysis of media reports...

AWI Endorses Legislation to Ban Archaic Body-Gripping Traps

Thursday, December 03, 2020
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the reintroduction of the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act yesterday by Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Nita Lowey (D-NY). This bill would prohibit the import and export...

Conservation Groups Sue USFWS to Save Wild Red Wolves

Monday, November 16, 2020
Chapel Hill, NC—On behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the U.S. District Court...

Trump Administration Strips Protections from Gray Wolves

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) finalized a rule removing protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New...

AWI Lauds New Legislation to Curb Wildlife-Human Disease Transmission

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) endorses legislation introduced today, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020, which seeks to prevent future pandemics by addressing the spillover of emerging infectious diseases from wildlife to humans...

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