Press Releases

Shasta County Suspends Contract with Wildlife-Killing Agency

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Redding, CA—Responding to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Shasta County officials have announced that the county will suspend its contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife...

Hybrid Blue-Fin Whale is Still Protected

Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) takes exception to comments included in recent media reports characterizing hybrid whales as neither important nor protected under law. Although “Whale 22”—the whale killed last week by Icelandic whaling company...

New Senate Bill Undercuts Endangered Species Act

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is expressing vehement opposition to draft legislation, released yesterday by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), entitled the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018. According to AWI, this bill would...

House of Representatives Deals Fatal Blow to Marine Mammals

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is deeply troubled that the US House of Representatives voted yesterday to pass H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act. This legislation would amend the...

A Voice for Animals Contest Winners Embody Hope

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Washington, DC —From nursing orphan rhino calves in South Africa to helping to preserve endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, the winners of the 2018 A Voice for Animals contest show they not only care...

AWI Urges House Vote on Eliminating "Crush Video" Loophole

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Washington, DC —Six months after the Senate unanimously adopted the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, the bill remains stalled in the US House of Representatives. In a letter issued today to House Majority...

Norway's Minister Peddles Seafood in NYC while Whales Die in Norway

Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Washington, DC —As Norway’s fisheries minister, Per Sandberg, travels around New York June 7-8 to promote Norwegian seafood, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) urges the city’s retailers, consumers and restaurateurs to question the source of...

Senate Committee Defends Horses from Slaughter

Friday, May 25, 2018
Washington, DC —The US House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees have finalized their respective agriculture funding bills for fiscal year 2019. Only the Senate bill, in its present form, includes essential language preventing the...

Florida Teacher Likely Violated Anti-Cruelty Laws

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Washington, DC —In a letter sent Tuesday to Florida state, county and school officials, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is calling for a full investigation into the alleged drowning of multiple animals last week in...

Animal Welfare Institute Praises House Defeat of Farm Bill

Friday, May 18, 2018
The Animal Welfare Institute is grateful that a massive farm bill loaded with provisions that would have reversed gains in animal welfare and weakened endangered species protections was defeated Friday in the US House of...