Press Releases

Ad Campaign Urges Protection of Arctic from Commercial Whaling Trade

Monday, August 31, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska—A coalition of animal welfare and conservation organizations launched a two-week advertising campaign today on Alaska Dispatch News to coincide with the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience...

AWI Commends Introduction of CECIL Animal Trophies Act

Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Washington, DC — In light of the tragic illegal killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the swift response by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ),...

USFWS Suspends Red Wolf Reintroductions in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC— The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) condemns today’s decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to suspend red wolf reintroductions pending additional review of the red wolf recovery program. USFWS intends to...

Conservation Groups Condemn Killing of Red Wolf Mother

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Chapel Hill, NC— Following the federally authorized gunshot death of a mother red wolf — a critically endangered species — in the Red Wolf Recovery Area of eastern North Carolina, conservation groups today demanded the...

AWI Applauds Humane Cosmetics Act Introduction

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Washington, DC— The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) for introducing the Humane Cosmetics Act. This bipartisan bill would phase out the...

Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Thorny Skates

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Washington, DC— The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) filed a petition today with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the Northwest Atlantic population of the thorny skate ( Amblyraja...

New TEDx Talk Highlights Why SeaWorld Should Retire Shamu

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Washington, DC— In a TEDx Talk released today entitled “Let’s Throw Shamu a Retirement Party!,” Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Dr. Naomi Rose advocates for the gradual phasing out of exhibits and shows featuring...