Press Releases

Settlement Reached to Promote Red Wolf Conservation

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. —The US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina approved a settlement agreement today between the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders), the Red Wolf Coalition (RWC) and...

SCBT Charged Again with Violating Animal Welfare Act

Monday, November 10, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the action taken by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in filing a second complaint against one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT)....

CharityWatch Recognizes Animal Welfare Institute with 'A+' Rating

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today that it has been awarded an A+ rating by CharityWatch , a leading independent charity-rating organization, in its recently released Winter 2014-2015 Charity Rating Guide &...

Norway Plans Whale Meat Shipment to Iceland

Monday, October 27, 2014
Washington, DC— Documents obtained by the Washington, DC-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reveal that a Norwegian whaling company, Lofothval, has sought permission to ship up to 22,000 pounds (10 metric tons) of whale meat to...

FBI Adds Animal Cruelty Category to Nation's Crime Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey officially announced a historic change in the identification and reporting of animal cruelty crime statistics. The FBI will now report animal cruelty crimes as a separate...

UK and German Citizens Overwhelmingly Reject Iceland's Commercial Whaling

Tuesday, September 09, 2014
(London/Munich)— A new poll commissioned by leading anti-whaling organizations, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Humane Society International (HSI), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), OceanCare, Pro Wildlife, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation...

USDA's Controversial Wildlife Services Refuses to Help Endangered Ocelot

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Tucson, AZ — Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and WildEarth Guardians (Guardians), represented by the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), notified the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program of their intent...

Senate Rejects Harmful Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

Friday, July 11, 2014
On July 10, the Senate failed to secure the required 60 votes for passage of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. This bill, opposed by the Animal Welfare Institute and countless other animal protection and conservation groups,...