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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...

Government Erred in Deciding to Grant Waiver to Makah Tribe

Friday, April 05, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is alarmed that the federal government has proposed allowing the Makah tribe of Washington to kill gray whales again. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it...

AWI Commends Bipartisan Effort to Stop Horse Slaughter

Thursday, April 04, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the 111 members of the US House of Representatives who recently signed a bipartisan letter in support of defunding federal inspections of horse slaughter facilities. Blocking the US...

Scientists Declare Red Wolf to be Valid Species

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Washington, DC–The Animal Welfare Institute commends today’s announcement by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics that the red wolf is a “distinct species.” As detailed in the National Academies’ report, “Evaluating the Taxonomic...

BLM Bucks Controversial Policy for Wild Horse Sale

Friday, March 15, 2019
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is gratified to learn that the Bureau of Land Management has rescinded a controversial sales policy for wild horses and burros in the United States that could have resulted...

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