Press Releases

AWI Seeks to Defend NMFS Decision to Deny Beluga Import

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Whale and Dolphin Conservation North America, Earth Island Institute, and Cetacean Society International have filed a motion to intervene in defense of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s...

Iceland to Ship Whale Meat to Japan via Norway

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Documents obtained by the Washington DC-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) show that Norway has begun to play a key role in Iceland's massive exports of whale meat to Japan in defiance of international agreements.

AWI Seeks Emergency Protection for World's Smallest Sloth

Friday, November 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. – AWI today filed an emergency petition to list the pygmy three-toed sloth ( Bradypus pygmaeus ) as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Endemic to Panama’s Isla Escudo de Veraguas,...

Statement on Georgia Aquarium Appeal of NMFS Permit Denial

Monday, September 30, 2013
Today, Georgia Aquarium filed a complaint in a federal district court in Georgia appealing the decision made by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to deny a permit application to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales...

AWI Honors Journalist Tom Knudson with the Schweitzer Medal

Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has awarded journalist Tom Knudson of the Sacramento Bee with the Schweitzer Medal for his outstanding investigative journalism and commitment to both thorough research and candor in writing and publishing...

Iceland Resumes Killing of Endangered Fin Whales

Monday, June 17, 2013
June 17, 2013, Washington, DC : Icelandic media are reporting that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf killed an endangered fin whale Monday in defiance of the international ban on commercial whaling. The whale was...

USFWS Proposes to List All Chimpanzees as Endangered

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today announced a proposed rule to classify both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Currently, only wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered,...