Press Releases

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, industrial farming operations.
Thursday, May 3, 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 to allow unlimited night hunting of coyotes and feral pigs, which could begin this summer. The Commission approved the rules largely to provide new opportunities for hunters to expand hunting opportunities, not as a means to effectively manage wildlife populations.
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.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Celebrities, School Children, and Citizen Advocates Gather at Capitol to Lobby for Permanent Ban on Horse Slaughter.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mayor Vincent Gray has officially proclaimed April 28th, 2012 to be Save the Frogs Day in the District of Columbia to help bring awareness to the ecological importance of frogs.
Monday, April 9, 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.
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 the private possession of tigers, lions, and other big cats except at facilities such as accredited zoos and sanctuaries. 
Friday, March 16, 2012
Last week the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began posting on the agency’s website letters sent to slaughter plants found to be in violation of federal regulations governing the humane handling and slaughter of animals.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the House of Representatives for unanimously passing H.R. 306, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, introduced by Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC).
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to report that the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, H.R. 7, approved earlier today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee includes a prohibition on the hauling of horses via double-deck trailers.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Some politicians in Washington feel that restarting a horse slaughter industry on American soil is a good idea. We’d like to offer a window into how the industry currently operates, as shady players make deals amongst themselves while duping innocent people into giving up their horses to be butchered. Read on...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
On Monday, November 14, 2011, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, who heads the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, presented the Animal Welfare Institute’s (AWI) Albert Schweitzer Award to three outstanding prosecutors.
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