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Norway Continues Whale Slaughter with 2021 Hunting Quota

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Washington, DC—In defiance of a global moratorium on commercial whaling, Norway has again issued an annual kill quota of 1,278 minke whales for the 2021 whaling season. On Friday, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Norway’s Minister of...

House Revives Legislation Banning Unsafe Horse Transport

Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) for reintroducing the Horse Transportation Safety Act (HTSA) on Monday. The HTSA, which has already attracted an...

House Renews Effort to Protect Children and Animals from Abuse

Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) endorses the Child and Animal Abuse Detection and Reporting Act, reintroduced today by Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and John Katko (R-NY), along with 22 original cosponsors. This legislation...

Court Rules for Rare Wild Red Wolves against USFWS

Monday, January 25, 2021
Chapel Hill, NC—The US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled on Friday that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must develop a plan by March 1 to resume its longstanding...

AWI Applauds Reintroduction of Big Cat Public Safety Act

Monday, January 11, 2021
Washington, DC—The Big Cat Public Safety Act, which passed the US House of Representatives by a strong bipartisan majority last month, was reintroduced today by Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). This bill...

Congress Passes Historic Legislation to Protect Racehorses

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Update: On December 27, President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending package, which includes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds the passage of the Horseracing...

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...

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