Press Releases

Monday, July 6, 2009
Plymouth, MA -- The Animal Welfare Institute joins The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and four other organizations today in filing a Petition for Rulemaking with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to put a stop to the unnecessary exploitation of dolphins in amusement parks by prohibiting dolphin attractions known as "petting pools," where members of the public can touch and feed dolphins for a nominal fee.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Charging that a massive wind energy project threatens endangered bats, the Animal Welfare Institute, a national animal protection organization, along with the West Virginia-based Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy and other conservationists, have filed what is believed to be the first federal lawsuit challenging an industrial wind energy project on environmental grounds.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Restoring Our American Mustangs Act (H.R. 1018) today passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee. Known as the ROAM Act, the bill was introduced by Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) and National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) earlier this year. It is intended to restore protections for America’s wild horses and burros that were stripped out of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act in recent years.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Sharks may soon receive much-needed protection from finning, a practice by which their fins are cut off while the animal is still alive. Their mutilated bodies are then thrown back into the ocean, where they endure long, painful deaths from blood loss, suffocation or predation by other species. This cruel practice kills an estimated 73 million sharks each year, and was therefore outlawed in the U.S. in 2000. Enforcement of the law, however, has been hampered by loopholes.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Las Vegas, NV -- Representatives from dozens of national and state-based equine protection, advocacy and rescue organizations gathered April 9 and April 10 at Bally's Las Vegas for the third annual Homes for Horses Coalition Conference to discuss the re-homing of at-risk horses in America and other equine welfare concerns.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Illinois General Assembly's House of Representatives for reaffirming their commitment to equine welfare by opposing an attempt to overturn the state's 2007 ban on horse slaughter on the House floor today.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- A bill to ban horse slaughter was introduced in the United States Senate today. Sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV), S. 727, the Landrieu-Ensign "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act" will end the slaughter of American horses here and abroad. The sponsors, who have long championed the cause, have the bipartisan support of 14 colleagues who are co-sponsoring the bill.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today the establishment of the "Animal Welfare Institute Abandoned Horse Reward Fund."  Under the program, individuals providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who abandons a horse in violation of state law will be rewarded with up to $1,000 by AWI.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- On the opening day of the 111th Congress, Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, reintroduced the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (H.R. 81). A similar measure, to strengthen the Shark Finning Prohibition Act, was passed by the House of Representatives on a voice vote in July 2008, however, the Senate was unable to take action on the bill before the session ended necessitating its reintroduction in this Congress.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Joining with a growing public chorus of outrage at a recent proposal by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and their Wild Horse Advisory board to euthanize up to 33,000 wild horses, several leaders in the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the agency stressing their strong opposition to any such effort.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Honoree, Greg Fett, Rescued 11 Horses from Slaughter   Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) honored Greg Fett of Arkansas on Tuesday with the Albert Schweitzer Award for outstanding achievement in the advancement of animal welfare. Fett successfully detained the drivers of a livestock trailer at his tire shop while awaiting authorities to seize the 11 malnourished horses being transported.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Actress Hayden Panettiere, currently starring on the hit NBC series "Heroes," led hundreds of participants in an aerial art event forming a giant human pilot whale beside the message "VOTE," today in front of the U.S. Capitol building.
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