Press Releases

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) announced today the publication of A Dangerous Life, their graphic novel on the global ivory trade and its deadly toll on elephants, in Chinese. The translation follows China’s recent move to close a third of its ivory carving factories and retailers. China is currently the world’s largest ivory market, and this closure represents a major step toward the country’s pledged shutdown of its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) today criticized guidelines proposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that permit the use of inhumane killing methods, including the use of water-based foam, ventilation shutdown, and live burial, for farm animals.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) released today a new report, “Humane Slaughter Update: Federal and State Oversight of the Welfare of Farm Animals at Slaughter.” Key findings of the report—which examines Humane Methods of Slaughter Act enforcement by federal and state departments of agriculture—include the following:
Monday, April 3, 2017
A coalition of international whale protection organizations today strongly condemned the start of Norway’s 2017 whaling season, which began on April 1.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Conservation organizations announced a boycott of all shrimp caught in Mexico to pressure Mexican officials to save the endangered vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, from imminent extinction. For more information on the campaign, visit BoycottMexicanShrimp.com.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) revealed today that the US Department of Agriculture filed a complaint earlier this year against Wild Wilderness, Inc., a notorious Arkansas tourist attraction operated by the Wilmoth family that exhibits domestic, wild and exotic animals. The complaint, filed on January 9, details repeated allegations of egregious Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations against the exhibitor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
A pending lawsuit supported by a potent segment of the walking horse industry appears to be the major impetus for the US Department of Agriculture’s egregious decision to remove untold thousands of online Horse Protection Act (HPA) and Animal Welfare Act (AWA) records, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) stated today.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in partnership with the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA), announced today the release of its new resource, “NIBRS User Manual for Animal Control Officers and Humane Law Enforcement.” Unveiled at the recent annual meeting of the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, the manual aims to ensure animal control officers (ACOs) and humane law enforcement (HLE) are aware of and fully equipped for their new and critical role in reporting animal cruelty incidents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Scientists announced this week that only an estimated 30 vaquita porpoises remain in the world. In a new report, the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) recognizes that the extinction of the vaquita—the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California—is imminent unless Mexico permanently bans gillnet fishing, removes illegal nets from the water and increases enforcement efforts.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for releasing its final rule to improve the welfare of animals raised under the Certified Organic label.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it is shutting its doors in May 2017 after 146 years in operation, according to a January 14 press release from Feld Entertainment.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the US, end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, was introduced by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).
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