Tom Knudson

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) presented the Albert Schweitzer Medal to journalist Tom Knudson of the Sacramento Bee for his outstanding investigative journalism and commitment to both thorough research and candor in writing and publishing a series of articles examining the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program.

Mr. Knudson’s tireless research and dedication to informing the public about the use of their tax dollars for inhumane, ineffective and ecologically damaging wildlife management methods exposed the secretive agency’s operations and led to calls for reform. By clearly and objectively presenting the information that he uncovered in the course of his investigation, Mr. Knudson provided the American public with much-needed information about Wildlife Services’ irresponsible practices and brought national attention to this critical issue.

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