Press Releases

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of international animal welfare and conservation groups is calling on the Obama Administration to impose economic sanctions against Iceland after Iceland´s whaling company Hvalur hf announced it will hunt and sell the meat of up to 184 endangered fin whales this summer after a two year hiatus. Iceland is one of three countries that refuse to abide by international whaling laws banning the killing and trading of whales for commercial gain. The groups today sent a letter to the Secretaries of State, Commerce and Interior calling for stronger measures by the Obama Administration.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) will join representatives from animal welfare organizations on Friday (5/10) at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department's Mounted Unit to call on Congress to pass legislation banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to report that HB 83, a bill before the Illinois State Senate that would put restrictions on the tethering of dogs, was approved by the Executive Committee by a unanimous 15-0 vote. Approved by the Illinois House of Representatives in February, the bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
Monday, April 29, 2013
  Orlando, Fla, April 29, 2013 -- Willie Nelson and Hard Rock International announce the launch of the limited-edition Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight merchandise program today, benefiting  Animal Welfare Institute and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. The line, a partnership between the musician, activist, author and poet and the world-renowned brand, includes a men’s t-shirt, a limited edition collector pin as well as an online exclusive pin and, fittingly, a bandanna that will be available online and in-store at participating locations on June 6, 2013.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Springfield, IL  – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to announce that HB 83, a bill that would prevent some of the most inhumane forms of tethering, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 78-38. We commend the leadership and compassion of Chairman Daniel J. Burke, the sponsor of HB 83, for advancing this important bill.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal includes a request for Congress to block spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants. A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005, which effectively shut the door to the grisly horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil. However, it was not renewed in 2011, leading to the potential for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S at the expense of American taxpayers.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013, Washington, DC. – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is calling on the United States to take Norway to task over an unexpected export of more than four metric tons of whale products to Japan.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Rock Creek Park, situated in the center of an urban forest, provides a much needed respite from the hectic pace of living and working in the nation's capital and surrounding communities. Millions of Americans each year enjoy watching the park's deer and other wildlife, hiking the park's miles of trails, and using its many recreational facilities.
Friday, March 22, 2013
And American’s Agree. Now It Is Time for Congress to Act! Washington, D.C. – The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.
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