Press Releases

Emergency Petition Filed to Save Plummeting Red Wolf Population

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Washington, DC —Conservation groups submitted an emergency petition today calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take immediate steps to bolster flagging protections for the world’s only wild population of red wolves –...

Santa Cruz Biotechnology Agrees to $3.5M Fine, License Revocation

Friday, May 20, 2016
Washington, DC — The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) lauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for reaching a settlement agreement in its multiple cases against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT)—one of the world’s largest research...

Vaquita Population Plummets to Just 60 Individuals

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ensenada, Mexico —Scientists have announced that fewer than 60 vaquita porpoises likely remain on Earth, down from 245 in 2008. The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern...

AWI Statement on Ringling Bros. Ending Elephant Acts

Friday, April 29, 2016
May 1 marks the end of elephants being hauled around the country to perform for Ringling Bros. circus. While we celebrate the termination of this cruel and archaic practice, tragically, the elephants will not be...

Mendocino County Cancels Lethal Predator Control

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ukiah, CA —In a major victory for opponents of animal cruelty, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has agreed to perform a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and...

Norwegian Whale Meat Linked to Country's Fur Industry

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Washington, DC/London — As the Norwegian whaling industry prepares for the start of the 2016 whaling season, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today released a document that indicates Norwegian fur...

Groups Seek Endangered Species Act Protection for Florida Black Bears

Thursday, March 17, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida— Renowned scientists and over a dozen conservation and animal-protection organizations, including the Animal Welfare Institute, submitted a scientific petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the Florida black...

Icelandic Whaling Remains Target At Boston Seafood Expo

Thursday, March 03, 2016
BOSTON, MA— Members of the “ Don’t Buy from Icelandic Whalers ” coalition have affirmed that their campaign will continue until Iceland permanently ends commercial whaling and international trading of whale products, despite breaking news...