Press Releases

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute commends Magna Entertainment Corp's (MEC) adoption of a policy directly aimed at ensuring horses stabled and raced at any of Magna's countless racetracks don't end up in slaughterhouses. MEC owns and operates racetracks across the entire United States.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Despite three weeks of stonewalling by horse slaughter proponents on the House Judiciary Committee, H.R. 6598, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act passed by a voice vote after the majority rejected several poison pill amendments. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) for their swift shepherding of this crucial legislation through the committee, which was achieved with bipartisan support.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of horseman and humanitarian John Hettinger, the nation's leading advocate for the humane treatment of horses. John was the first person to join the Animal Welfare Institute's national campaign to end horse slaughter in 2001. Since that time he never wavered in his commitment and only grew stronger in his desire and determination to end horse slaughter.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Ivory Mandarin Bistro joins national campaign to end shark finning by taking shark fin soup off its menu  
Monday, August 11, 2008
Press conference to announce filing, demonstrate traps, and reveal photographs
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- "Every five minutes an American horse is slaughtered to fill the demand of high-end European and Asian diners," Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) federal policy advisor Liz Ross said today, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in support of a new bill to end the cruel transport and slaughter of America's horses.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
US Senate Follows Suit with a Companion Bill Washington, D.C. -- Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of H.R. 5741, the Shark Conservation Act of 2008. Introduced earlier this year by Subcommittee Chairwoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), the measure tightens the Shark Finning Prohibition Act, which was signed into law in 2000.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- For the first time in the history of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - the federal agency charged with protecting and managing wild horses in the United States - officials now claim that up to 30,000 horses currently in confinement may have to be "euthanized" to balance the agency’s budget.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Santiago, Chile -- The Bush Administration today hit a new low by supporting a proposal in favor of killing humpback whales, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reports. By giving its support, the United States broke ranks with the conservation-minded member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) who voted against the proposal. Unfortunately, this is one of several actions that the United States has taken at this year's meeting contrary to its long-held position of supporting whale conservation.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Santiago, Chile -- As the 60th meeting of the International Whaling Commission continues its deliberations, the Bush administration is undermining decades of whale conservation progress as it seeks to cut a deal with whaling nations that could lead to the official resumption of commercial whaling. Their deal making will be done behind closed doors without public oversight or accountability as the Bush administration has abandoned American principles of openness and honesty in order to engage in secret deliberations.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
American Horse Council and USDA Holds Disingenuous Conference on "Unwanted Horse Issue" Washington, D.C. -- Today, The American Horse Council (AHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a conference entitled "The Unwanted Horse Issue: What Now?"
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Answering a bipartisan call to encourage the United States to stand up for whales, the House of Representatives today passed H. Con. Res. 350 by unanimous consent. In light of the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting to be held in Chile this month, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) and eight of his colleagues in the House of Representatives introduced the resolution to send the message that the United States must not be bullied into submission at the meeting by pro-whaling interests.
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