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Long-Awaited Spending Bill Includes Wins for Animal Welfare, But Work Remains
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
The $1.5 trillion federal spending bill, signed by President Biden today, includes vital wins for animals, such as right whales and horses, but also provides insufficient funding to implement the Endangered Species Act.
CITES Approves Totoaba Trade in Major Blow to Imperiled Vaquita Porpoise
Friday, March 11, 2022
The Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted 9-5 Thursday to permit Earth Ocean Farms (EOF), an aquaculture facility in Mexico, to engage in...
AWI Fundraises for Animals Impacted by War in Ukraine
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
As people around the world watch in horror at the devastated communities and swelling numbers of refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is committed to supporting animal welfare groups...
AWI Welcomes Introduction of Legislation to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) for introducing today the Right Whale Coexistence Act to help...
AWI Is Alarmed by Another Beluga Death at Mystic Aquarium
Friday, February 11, 2022
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is appalled to learn that another beluga whale has died at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
US Launches Trade Complaint Over Mexico’s Failure to Protect Vaquita
Thursday, February 10, 2022
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai formally requested environmental consultations with Mexico today over its illegal fishing.
The America COMPETES Act Passes the House with Big Wins for Animals
Friday, February 04, 2022
Thanks to the efforts of many members of Congress who support animal welfare, the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521), a bill aimed at bolstering US innovation, passed the House of Representatives today with several provisions...
Greenland Must End Narwhal Hunt to Save Populations from Imminent Extinction
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Naalakkersuisut (Greenland’s government) must immediately cancel narwhal hunting quotas for Southeast Greenland or risk losing three populations of these whales forever, according to a letter delivered today to Prime Minister Múte Bourup Egede on behalf...
AWI Joins Veterinarians in Urging AVMA to Stop Endorsing Inhumane Killing Methods
Thursday, January 06, 2022
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is supporting thousands of veterinary professionals in their recent request to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that the association revise its guidelines to no longer permit killing animals by...
More Than 681,000 Farm Animals Died in Barn Fires in 2021
Wednesday, January 05, 2022
Washington, DC—More than 681,000 farm animals perished in potentially preventable barn fires in 2021, according to an Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) analysis of media reports released today.
USDA to Proactively Post Slaughter Records to Settle Lawsuit by AWI, Farm Sanctuary
Tuesday, January 04, 2022
Washington, DC—In a huge win for transparency and accountability, the US Department of Agriculture has agreed to publicly disclose on its website records related to the treatment of animals in US slaughter plants to settle...
70,000+ Petition Interior Department to Halt Brutal Wyoming Horse Roundup
Monday, December 13, 2021
Washington, DC—On the National Day of the Horse, the Animal Welfare Institute and the American Wild Horse Campaign, joined by more than 70,000 supporters, petitioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to stop the largest wild horse...
Atlantic Humpback Dolphin Takes Step Toward Endangered Species Act Protection
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Washington, DC—The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it would begin a status review to determine whether the highly imperiled Atlantic humpback dolphin should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Dr. Jane Goodall Joins NGOs in Urging Governments to Adopt 50-Year Vision to Save Whales and Dolphins from Extinction on 75th Anniversary of International Whaling Commission
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
London, England—Today, Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, joined with many of the world’s leading animal protection and conservation organizations to urge the 88 member countries of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to adopt...
Deadline Today: Will Nations Lose Access to US Seafood Market?
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Washington, DC—By today’s deadline, seafood-exporting nations worldwide must have adopted regulations to reduce entanglements of whales, dolphins, and seals in fishing gear or face a US import ban.
Help AWI Support First-Ever North American Seaside Sanctuary to Retire Captive Whales on #GivingTuesday
Monday, November 22, 2021
November 30 is Giving Tuesday — a global day of giving to inspire positive change. This year, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is collaborating with the Whale Sanctuary Project (WSP), which is creating North America’s...
Federal Agency Petitioned to Protect Public Health and Wildlife from Threats Posed by Mink Trade
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute, in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Animal Defenders International, and Born Free USA, petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service today...
AWI Grants Support Humane Approaches to Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Washington, DC—Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced the nine recipients of its Christine Stevens Wildlife Award who are developing innovative, less intrusive wildlife study techniques and more humane methods of resolving conflicts between wild...
Thanksgiving Survey: Majority of Poultry Purchasers Find Turkey Factory Farming Practices Unacceptable
Friday, November 05, 2021
Washington, DC—As families start shopping for their Thanksgiving menus, a new survey commissioned by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) finds that a majority of poultry purchasers think conventional turkey production practices are unacceptable.
Biden Administration Proposes Repealing Regulations That Undermine Species Recovery
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service for proposing Tuesday to repeal two rules that undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA).