Past Cases

In December 2011, a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity declared that "most current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary." In response to this report, in January of this year, a Working Group (WG) of the Council of Councils—an advisory body to the NIH— issued its own report which expanded on the IOM report and included groundbreaking recommendations.

Please join AWI in our efforts to reform USDA's Wildlife Services (WS) program. This rogue federal program kills millions of animals in the United States each year, including ecologically critical native carnivores, threatened and endangered species, and non-target animals, all in the name of "managing problems caused by wildlife."

The New Jersey Senate is considering a bill (S2492) that threatens beavers and other wildlife by removing a limit on the issuance of beaver trapping permits. At present, the Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue 200 permits annually, and each permit allows for the killing of eight beavers.

AWI and our animal welfare and environmental partners are working to stop stores from selling genetically engineered (GE) seafood by getting them to sign the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing meat and poultry companies to use animal welfare and sustainability label claims, like "humanely raised" and "sustainably farmed," on their products with little or no evidence to support the claims. How do we know this? AWI conducted a review of USDA files on label approvals for 25 claims appearing on the packages of meat and poultry products. What we discovered was truly disturbing.

You recently received an action alert from the Animal Welfare Institute informing you about how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not properly regulate animal welfare and environmental stewardship label claims on meat and poultry packages.

For decades, the Animal Welfare Institute, other wild horse advocates, and leading scientific experts from across the country have presented sound and responsible wild horse and burro management plans to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would allow these national treasures to roam freely on public lands with limited impact on their well-being and taxpayer resources.

AWI has joined forces with groups in the US and Europe to call on Iceland’s leading seafood export company, HB Grandi, to stop its support of commercial whaling. We have also identified key companies that buy seafood from HB Grandi and its subsidiaries. Please help us tell them that they should not support the killing of endangered fin whales, a protected and iconic species.

In the midst of a war against predators like wolves, grizzly bears, and coyotes, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced a proposed rule to place a permanent ban on certain predator hunting practices in Alaska's National Preserves.