Press Releases

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
LONDON—Conservation groups are calling on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its member governments to condemn Iceland’s commercial whale hunt following confirmation that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed yet another endangered fin whale.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Brussels—On the eve of inter-governmental meetings in Brussels and Geneva in June and July to debate the fate of elephants, a group of conservation organisations requests all EU governments to urgently halt all commerce in ivory and to destroy all remaining stockpiles. New data shows escalating exports of ivory from the European Union to China and worldwide. The organisations warn that any legal loophole in ivory trade creates the opportunity to launder poached ivory into “legal” trade and thus fuels the killing of elephants.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) have released results of a poll they commissioned on the American public’s attitudes toward keeping orcas (also known as killer whales) in captivity for public display. The poll shows that fully half of Americans oppose it, while only 21 percent of Americans favor keeping orcas in captivity.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the House Appropriations Committee for including an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill to defund federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States—a measure that would effectively prevent such plants from operating.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which included an amendment defunding federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
New York—Following a high-profile "Don't buy from Icelandic whalers” ad campaign on the Boston public transit system in March and April, animal protection and conservation organizations are now taking the message to the streets of New York City.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and numerous other parties reached a settlement with Feld Entertainment, Inc. (Feld) ending over a decade of litigation. The settlement resolves a request by Feld for attorneys’ fees and costs stemming from an action brought by AWI and others over the alleged abuse of Asian elephants in Feld’s circus and resolves a related action brought by Feld.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Washington, DC—A new report, released by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), reveals the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is failing to verify the accuracy of label claims on millions of meat and poultry packages sold in the United States. Eighty percent of the USDA-approved “humane” and “sustainable” label claims AWI researched were backed by no supporting evidence. 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Huge win for endangered red wolves! A federal court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s authorization of coyote hunting—including at night—in the five-county area of eastern North Carolina inhabited by the world’s only wild population of about 100 endangered red wolves.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
LONDON: An alliance of 13 leading conservation groups is this week urging major buyers at Europe’s biggest seafood trade shownot to do business with Icelandic seafood company HB Grandi because of its strong links to whaling. HB Grandi is controlled by the whaling and investment company Hvalur hf, which plans to kill 770 endangered fin whales during the next five years and sell the resulting meat and blubber to Japan.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
SANTA FE, NM— The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife today announced it has formalized an agreement with the Navajo Nation to develop a comprehensive and humane program to manage the thousands of free-roaming horses on the reservation. The ultimate goal of the agreement is to develop alternatives to transporting the horses to slaughter facilities.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Washington, D.C.—Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Cetacean Society International, and Earth Island Institute filed a petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to designate the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River stock of beluga whales in the Sea of Okhotsk as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Subject to intense levels of historical hunting, these belugas have yet to recover and face serious ongoing threats, most notably from annual live captures for public display.
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