Press Releases

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,...

AWI Petitions USDA to Make Slaughter More Humane

Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has submitted a petition to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting that the agency write regulations designed to decrease the needless suffering of animals during...

AWI'S Rally for Whales in Portland, ME

Monday, June 03, 2013
AWI and other groups organized a rally in Portland, Maine, on May 31, 2013, to protest Iceland’s expanding commercial whaling program. Rally attendees armed with inflatable whales and signs lined the route to the port...

Iceland Is Killing Endangered Fin Whales for Japanese Pet Treats

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Today the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network (IKAN), expressed dismay at the sale of Icelandic fin whale...