Press Releases

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Today, a coalition of animal protection organizations and a former Ringling Bros. employee asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. to immediately order a halt to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.)'s cruel practice of shackling and confining endangered Asian elephants for days on end in a manner that prevents them from walking or even turning around in place.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Washington, D.C. --  On the heels of Eight Belles' tragic death at the 2008 Kentucky Derby, HBO is exposing an unsavory side of the Thoroughbred racing industry. The network's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" will air a segment on May 12 revealing that thousands of unsuccessful horses are sent to a brutal death in the slaughterhouse every year.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- A renegade resolution to promote the continued slaughter of American horses for human consumption abroad was defeated at today's meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The measure, offered by state Representative David Sigdestad (D-SD), urged the United States Congress to oppose the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, currently pending in Congress. AWI commends those state legislators who stood up in support of humane treatment of horses.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- A diverse coalition of tribal, conservation, hunting, animal welfare and wildlife groups, an outfitting business, and concerned citizens from Montana and South Dakota, have filed an emergency rule making petition with the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking to stop the National Park Service from slaughtering wild bison inhabiting Yellowstone National Park and adjoining lands on the Gallatin National Forest in Montana. Yellowstone is home to America's only wild bison who have continuously occupied their native habitat.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Springfield, IL -- Following last year's passage of an Illinois state law banning horse slaughter, the House of the Illinois General Assembly today adopted HB 4162, a bill to ban the use of double-deck cattle trailers to transport horses inside the state. Sponsored in the House by Representatives JoAnn Osmond (R-61st) and Bob Molaro (D-21st), the bill easily passed by a vote of 80-29 and will now move to the Senate for consideration.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- "The hog was lying in the cradle and all four feet had been removed. The hog was observed to be kicking and shaking its head. It exhibited skin twitching and irregular but rhythmic breathing with deep abdominal and thoracic movement. It appeared to be gasping for breath," a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspector wrote about a still-conscious hog at a slaughter plant in Frankenmuth, Mo.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute today unveiled its revamped legislative action center, the Compassion Index (CI), located online at Now, in addition to learning how their elected officials rate on key animal protective legislation, visitors can send letters to Members of Congress, contact the media and more all directly from the website.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Following a recent suggestion in Congress that the government should install video cameras in US slaughterhouses to ensure the humane and safe treatment of animals killed for human consumption, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Humane Farming Association (HFA) today call on legislators to reject any attempt by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use cameras in lieu of inspectors.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Hawaii -- As part of a suit filed in May 2007 by several conservation groups, an injunction was issued Friday by a Hawaii federal district judge over the U.S. Navy's use of active sonar that he recognized as harmful to whales. Judge David A. Ezra stated that the evidence presented by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and fellow co-plaintiffs was both "compelling" and "convincing."
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Springfield, IL -- Today, the Illinois House Driver's Education and Safety Committee unanimously approved (11-0) legislation that will outlaw the use of double deck trailers for the purpose of hauling horses in the State of Illinois. The bill, in response to several tragic and deadly accidents involving horses on double deck trailers, has been placed on the House calendar where it will await time for consideration.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- The Homes for Horses Coalition today launched The Web site is a resource tool for equine rescue personnel, members of the media, and anyone interested in equine protection efforts.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Animal Welfare Institute Urges Consumers to Take Action: USDA Seeks Comments from Public on Definition of Labeling Meat Products as "NATURALLY RAISED" USDA EXTENDS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT CONSUMER COMMENTS TO MARCH 3, 2008 AWI's Comments Submitted to USDA
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