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New ESA Regulations Deliver Devastating Blow to Wildlife Conservation

Monday, August 12, 2019
Washington, DC—Today, the Trump administration released final regulations to gut critical Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections, just months after a U.N. report warned of “unprecedented” and “accelerating” global mass extinctions caused by human activity. The...

Illinois Becomes Third State to Ban Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Monday, August 12, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Cruelty Free International congratulate Illinois for joining California, Nevada, and more than 30 countries worldwide in banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics. SB 241, sponsored by Senator Linda...

Trump Administration Reauthorizes Wildlife-Killing ‘Cyanide Bombs’

Thursday, August 08, 2019
Washington, DC—Earlier this week, the Trump administration reauthorized use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of...

Shark Fins Remain on the Menu, Despite State Bans

Friday, July 26, 2019
Washington, DC—As Shark Week kicks off July 28, restaurants across the nation are contributing to the rapid decline in shark species by serving up soup made from shark fins, despite bans in 12 states and...

Historic Win for Horses as House Passes PAST Act

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Washington, DC—In an important victory for Tennessee Walking Horses, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 693) by a vote of...

New Documentary on Captive Orcas Exposes Brutal Ongoing Trade

Monday, July 22, 2019
Washington, DC—The recent release of “Long Gone Wild,” a riveting documentary revealing the brutal truth about the ongoing trade in wild-caught orcas, highlights the intensifying controversy over confining cetaceans to barren concrete boxes in marine...

A Voice for Animals Contest Prize Winners Announced

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Humane Education Network (HEN) announced the winners of the 2019 A Voice for Animals contest. The annual contest offers monetary awards to high school students age 14–18...

AWI Welcomes Iceland's Decision to Forego Whaling This Summer

Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is relieved to hear that no whales will be killed by Icelandic whalers this summer. In a June television news interview, Ólafur Ólafsson, a whaling vessel captain, said that...

AWI Statement on Japan’s Commencement of Commercial Whaling

Monday, July 01, 2019
Washington, DC–Japan faces international criticism and risks legal challenges as it launches a government-subsidized commercial whaling program to kill 383 whales this year with no international oversight. On June 30, Japan withdrew from the International...

AWI Commends Inclusion of Animal Welfare Provisions in HR 3055

Friday, June 28, 2019
Washington, DC—The US House of Representatives passed HR 3055, an appropriations “minibus” that covers the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and the Interior, as well as other departments and agencies. The bill...

Animal Protection Groups Applaud Senate Bill to Ban Horse Slaughter

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Washington, DC—Sens. Bob Menendez, (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-RI), and Susan Collins, (R-ME), introduced legislation today to permanently end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in the United States and abroad...

Canada Prohibits the Captivity of Marine Mammals

Monday, June 24, 2019
Ottawa, Canada–S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, has received Royal Assent, making the historic legislation, which ends the public display of captive cetaceans, official Canadian law. After nearly four years of...

AWI Supports Bill to Prohibit the Use of Performing Exotic Animals

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) supports the reintroduction of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA). Sponsored by Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), this bill would amend...

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