Press Releases

Monday, March 31, 2014
Washington, DC–The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the decision made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Australia’s challenge to Japan’s scientific whaling program conducted in the Antarctic (known as JARPA II).
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Washington DC—As the largest seafood trade event in North America—Seafood Expo North America—concludes in Boston, members of the Whales Need US (WNUS) coalition are pleased to announce that a leading North American seafood company, High Liner Foods, has committed not to purchase products sourced from Icelandic companies linked to whaling.
Monday, March 17, 2014
WASHINGTON DC—As the Seafood Expo North America opens at the Boston Convention Center (March 16–18) animal protection and conservation organizations are warning the tens of thousands of international participants—from suppliers of seafood products and services to buyers—to watch out for whalers.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Washington, DC—A state court judge in New York issued a temporary injunction on Thursday to prevent new permits from being issued to kill deer as part of the Long Island Deer Cull Project—one of the largest planned deer slaughters in the country.
Friday, March 7, 2014
AWI hails California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) for his introduction today of legislation in the California Assembly to ban orca captivity in the state. The Orca Welfare and Safety Act—the first of its kind in the US—would prohibit the public display of orcas (or killer whales) in California and retire those currently in captivity in the state to less stressful lives in sea pens. 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
On February 12, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) sent a letter to Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council (NCC), condemning the trade association’s new guidelines for the humane treatment of the 9 billion chickens raised for meat each year in the United States. 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
An international coalition of 23 environmental, conservation, and animal welfare organizations demand a permanent ban on the trade in ivory and the destruction of all government-held ivory stockpiles.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and its prohibition on international commercial trade in whale products.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) put the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on notice Friday that the organization plans to take legal action regarding serious violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in connection with a massive deer cull proposed for Long Island, New York.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Today, a coalition of conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, amended their complaint in a case filed in Hawai‘i federal court last month that challenges a 5-year plan by the U.S. Navy for testing and training activities off Hawai‘i and Southern California.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the U.S. Congress for wisely reinstating the annual ban on the slaughtering of  horses in its Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act released late last night.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Documents obtained by the Washington DC-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) show that Norway has begun to play a key role in Iceland's massive exports of whale meat to Japan in defiance of international agreements.
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