Press Releases

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 http://www.homesforhorses.org. 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
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Pierre, SD -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today praised the South Dakota Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee's rejection of S.B. 170, a bill that would have pumped up to $1 million of state funds into the construction of a horse slaughter facility.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Actress Hayden Panettiere, who plays cheerleader Claire Bennet on NBC's hit series Heroes, will lead a rally against a resumption of commercial whaling at 1 p.m. this Sunday, January 27, in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle (event flyer).
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Amid claims that animal welfare advocates are to blame for the steep increase in horses going to Mexico for slaughter, the Washington, D.C.-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today fired back. The group, which has been at the forefront of the effort to end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption abroad, pointed the finger of blame directly at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for its culpability in the suffering of American horses.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Humanitarians dedicated to reducing the suffering off both human and non-human animals throughout the world
Monday, November 5, 2007
Devastating Crash Prompts Bill Introduction; Humane Groups Urge Illinois Legislators to Put the Horse Before the Cart Illinois -- In response to the recent death of 18 young Belgian draft horses, Illinois State Reps. Bob Molaro and JoAnn Osmond have introduced legislation to ban the use of double-decker trucks to transport horses in the state.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
State and Federal Laws Overlooked As Hunt Continues
Monday, September 10, 2007
Calls on State, Tribal and Federal Authorities to Fully Prosecute Culprits and Federal Government to Terminate Efforts to Facilitate Future Whaling by Makah Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute is outraged by the killing of a gray whale in the Strait of Juan de Fuca by members of the Makah Tribe, condemning it as an illegal, cruel, and callous act that must not go unpunished.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Washington, D.C. -- In light of his recent indictment and guilty plea for charges related to dog fighting, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) calls on National Football League (NFL) quarterback Michael Vick to immediately surrender $22 million of his signing bonus back to the Atlanta Falcons. The organization in turn urges the Falcons to commit at least $10 million to an independent, self-operating charity overseen by AWI.
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