AWI Quarterly » 2010 Winter

Alone on a disappearing ice floe, an Arctic polar bear stands at the precipice of global warming.
On December 11, 2009 the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S. 373, a bill "to include constrictor snakes of the species Python genera as an injurious animal" under the Lacey Act, thus prohibiting them from being imported into the U.S. or shipped in interstate commerce.
Poultry do not have muscular diaphragms. Consequently when birds are hung upside down for shackling purposes, abdominal organs compress their hearts.
Infamous for her "take no prisoners" stance on wildlife from wolves to polar bears, whales and more, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin objected in 2008 when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service finally gave the Cook Inlet beluga whale - which numbered around 375, down from 1,300 in the early '90s - endangered status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
International trade in wild-caught Solomon Islands Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins continues with little sign of ending so long as the demand for dolphinariums persists.
In March, representatives from 184 countries, scientists and advocates will gather in Doha, Qatar for the 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Nearly one year after the groundbreaking lawsuit for elephant mistreatment brought against Ringling Bros.' parent company Feld Entertainment, Inc. (FEI) went to trial, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to address the claims of mistreatment brought by AWI and its co-plaintiffs due to a lack of sufficient standing.
At least 47 Canada lynx have been illegally trapped in Maine over the past decade and despite a designation as threatened on the federal endangered species list, a court has declined to accord lynx adequate protection from illegal trapping under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Responding to the National Academy of Sciences report on Class B dealers (see AWI Quarterly Summer 2009), both the House and Senate reports accompanying the bills funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2010 express a desire to end the use of Class B dealers as a source of animals for research funded by the NIH.
On November 19, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2009.
AWI supports Representative Steve Israel’s Poison-Free Poultry Act of 2009, H.R. 3624, introduced September 22, 2009. H.R. 3624 bans roxarsone, an arsenic compound used as a growth-promoting additive to poultry and swine feed, which poses a threat to environmental quality and public health, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, neurological defects, diabetes and cancer.
As we hope you know, all animals in AWI’s Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) program are raised on pasture or range in compliance with stringent standards.
Though seven states have passed legislation to phase out common industry practices that confine farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs, AWI remains concerned that these laws will not actually end the use of cages and crates.
Vermont-based Bushway Packing Inc. has been suspended from slaughtering days-old male dairy calves for veal.
The Animal Welfare Institute is accepting applications for the full time position of laboratory animal advisor.