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1.6+ Million Farm Animals Died in Barn Fires in 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Washington, DC—More than 1.6 million farm animals, including nearly 1.3 million cage-free hens, have perished in potentially preventable barn fires so far this year, according to an Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) analysis of media reports...

AWI Endorses Legislation to Ban Archaic Body-Gripping Traps

Thursday, December 03, 2020
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the reintroduction of the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act yesterday by Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Nita Lowey (D-NY). This bill would prohibit the import and export...

Conservation Groups Sue USFWS to Save Wild Red Wolves

Monday, November 16, 2020
Chapel Hill, NC—On behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the U.S. District Court...

Trump Administration Strips Protections from Gray Wolves

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) finalized a rule removing protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New...

AWI Lauds New Legislation to Curb Wildlife-Human Disease Transmission

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) endorses legislation introduced today, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020, which seeks to prevent future pandemics by addressing the spillover of emerging infectious diseases from wildlife to humans...

Norway’s 2020 Whaling Season is Deadliest in Years

Monday, August 24, 2020
Washington, DC— Norwegian whalers slaughtered more whales in 2020 than in each of the last three years, according to statistics released today by the Fishermen’s Sales Organization (Råfisklaget). A total of 481 minke whales have...

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