AWI Quarterly » 2007 Winter

The Animal Welfare Institute is proud to announce that Dr. Robert Schmidt, a faculty member in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Utah State University, has accepted a position on our Scientific Committee. Dr. Schmidt is also an adjunct faculty member in the Departments of Forest Resources and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Ecology from the University of California, Davis.
A 2006 expedition has deemed the freshwater baiji dolphin species, last sighted in 2004, "functionally extinct." The ancient species—originating over 20 million years ago—was until recently found throughout China's Yangtze River and its surrounding lakes and tributaries. Unfortunately, the exponential growth of the Chinese human population posed a variety of threats to its survival, including habitat destruction resulting from the building of commercial fisheries.
Kilowatt Ours A Trust for the Future project, 58 minutes www.kilowattours.org
Ocean Inhabitants Could Disappear by the Year 2048 Calling for no-fishing zones to be set up urgently, scientists warned in November that the world's fish and other marine animal populations caught for food may collapse within the next half-century. If current habitat destruction and over-fishing trends continue, their 4-year study showed that these species could be almost gone by 2048.
House Natural Resource Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV)
Over the laboratory animal research industry's great hue and cry, an amendment to the federal Animal Welfare Act was passed to require "a physical environment adequate to promote the psychological well-being" of primates used for experimentation, the pet trade and exhibition. In the intervening years since this legal mandate, the industry has erected roadblocks to the improvement of housing and care for non-human primates.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) has been conserving over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry since its founding in 1977. It conducts a wide variety of programs, including research, education, agriculture policy development, gene banks and rescues. It also provides technical and promotional support to a network of breeders, breed associations and farmers.
Following the discovery of an avian influenza- infected bird being held at a United Kingdom quarantine facility, the European Union (EU) placed a temporary moratorium on the import of wild-caught birds in the final months of 2005. And on Jan. 11 of this year, it voted unanimously to put a permanent ban on this practice.
Food labels are packed with information, but some words can be confusing, if not downright misleading. A dozen eggs in a carton boasting the statement "farm fresh," for example, have probably not come from anything that looks remotely like a farm. A dairy cow is far from "happy" at an industrial facility where she never grazes on pasture. And "natural" is not synonymous with "humane—in fact, the former term refers only to meat processing, not the animals" lives.
Looking for Humane Solutions In honor of Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) founder and longtime wildlife advocate Mrs.