Press Releases

Ivory Trade Ban Essential to Save Elephants

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
An international coalition of 23 environmental, conservation, and animal welfare organizations demand a permanent ban on the trade in ivory and the destruction of all government-held ivory stockpiles.

Congress Reinstates Annual Ban on Horse Slaughter

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the U.S. Congress for wisely reinstating the annual ban on the slaughtering of horses in its Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act released late last night.

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...