Press Releases

New Consumer Guide Deciphers Food Labels

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Many food labels are confusing – and some downright misleading – especially with regard to animal welfare claims. To help navigate the confusion, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has released A Consumer’s Guide to Food...

US Wastes Taxpayer Dollars in Pursuit of Useless Whaling Quota

Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has unfortunately approved a request by the United States for an aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quota for the Makah Tribe of Northwest Washington State. Pursuit of this quota by the...

Illinois Toughens Dog Fighting Laws

Friday, June 01, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Illinois General Assembly for passing and sending to the governor legislation that allows the prosecution of leaders of dog fighting networks under Illinois’ anti-racketeering (RICO) laws, providing an important...

USDA Helps Industrial Farms Claim Humane and Con Consumers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today requested a USDA Inspector General audit of the USDA Process Verified Program, which certifies some products as “humanely raised” when in fact they come from animals suffering on conventional,...

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Adopts Unregulated Night Hunting

Thursday, May 03, 2012
Decision Threatens Endangered Red Wolves, Other Wildlife, People and Pets North Carolina/Washington D.C. : The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Project Coyote expressed grave concerns in response to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s decision...

Iceland to Resume Endangered Fin Whale Hunt

Friday, April 27, 2012
Conservationists Urge EU and US Governments to Intervene For immediate release London/Washington D.C.: Conservation and animal welfare groups expressed concern today over news that Iceland’s endangered fin whale hunt will resume this summer.

The FBI Crime Report: Making Animal Cruelty Offenses Count

Monday, April 09, 2012
In recognition of April as Animal Cruelty Awareness Month, the Animal Welfare Institute announces the availability of the Animal Cruelty Crime Statistics: Findings from a Survey of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs.

Big Cat Act Needed to Protect Felines and Families

Friday, March 16, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Representatives Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) for introducing the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” (H.R. 4122) last week. If passed, this legislation would prohibit...