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USDA Sued to Compel Humane Handling of Birds at Slaughter

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Rochester, NY—Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Farm Sanctuary sued the US Department of Agriculture in federal court for failing to require humane handling of poultry at slaughter, resulting in adulterated (i.e., damaged or...

Shark vs. Human: Who Is More Dangerous?

Monday, August 10, 2020
Washington, DC— As Shark Week kicks off this week, more than 200 restaurants across the United States and Canada are exacerbating the rapid decline in shark species by continuing to serve an expensive soup made...

Pressure Mounts on USDA to Enforce Animal Welfare Act

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is grateful to Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) for continuing to pressure the US Department of Agriculture to adequately enforce the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the primary federal law governing...

Aquariums Receiving COVID-19 Bailout Must End Cetacean Breeding

Monday, July 20, 2020
Washington, DC—In a letter delivered today to congressional leaders, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) of Earth Island Institute, Oceanic Preservation Society, and 16 other animal protection and conservation groups...

NEPA Rollback Endangers Communities and Wildlife

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Washington, DC—Today, the Trump administration finalized its overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), enacting new regulations that weaken this key environmental law. Unprecedented in significance and scope, these changes undermine informed agency decision-making...

Don’t miss a single issue of the AWI Quarterly!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The summer issue of the AWI Quarterly is in the mail! Much of this issue is devoted to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on animal welfare. We discuss the challenges faced by animal shelters...

A Statement from AWI:

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
AWI has chosen to go quiet this week on social media. While the animal welfare issues we work on remain as pertinent as ever, we are cognizant of the fact that people around the country...

Help Feed Animals in Need on #GivingTuesdayNow

Friday, May 01, 2020
For many years, AWI has participated in Giving Tuesday—a global day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesdayNow is a newly created global day of giving and unity that takes place on May 5...

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