Press Releases

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- An agreement has been reached among all parties involved in federal litigation under the Endangered Species Act concerning the Beech Ridge wind project in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, that will provide for additional protection of the endangered Indiana bat and other wildlife while allowing some elements of the project to move forward and to begin producing renewable power in 2010.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- After nearly a decade of litigation, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) will continue its battle to protect endangered Asian elephants from abuse at the hands of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decided the federal case against the circus lacked sufficient standing and declined to address the merits of the case in the face of an overwhelming amount of evidence presented at trial.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Maine -- A national coalition of wildlife advocacy and conservation organizations representing more than 70,000 Maine citizens is calling for an end to a coyote killing tournament that is currently underway in northern Maine. Sponsored by the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce, the killing tournament began Dec. 16 and runs through Jan. 30, 2010. Prizes are awarded to those hunters who kill both the most coyotes and the largest individuals.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine (WAM) urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today to enforce the Endangered Species Act (ESA) against the unlawful trapping of Canada lynx in traps set for other species. Lynx continue to be trapped and sometimes killed in traps set by recreational fur trappers, licensed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W), and the Service has failed thus far to stop this illegal activity.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Judge Prevents Project that Will Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Bats from Proceeding Without Federal Permit
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Following the swift and unanimous passage by the House of Representatives in March of this year, the Senate’s companion bill, S. 850, the Shark Conservation Act of 2009, moved out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today by voice vote. The bill now heads to the floor where it awaits consideration by the full Senate. A vote has not been scheduled.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Indiana Natural Resources Commission to Consider Ban on Practice Nov. 17th
Friday, October 23, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Determined to provide better safeguards against companion animals being used in experiments Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) reintroduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act (S. 1834/H.R. 3907) to prohibit Class B dealers from selling dogs and cats to researchers.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Today a groundbreaking trial began in Federal District Court in Greenbelt, MD (6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, MD  20770) pitting a massive wind energy development in West Virginia against the critically endangered Indiana bat. Plaintiffs Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy, and Mr.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Bangor, ME -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine (WAM) filed a motion in federal district court in Bangor Maine today seeking a preliminary injunction (PI) to stop Maine’s early coyote and fox trapping season. Set to commence on October 18, this request for a PI is an effort to protect federally protected Canada lynx from leghold traps.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Washington, DC -- Yesterday, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation to end the use of brutal traps on furbearing animals within federal wildlife refuges.  H.R. 3710, the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, which was submitted with a total of 35 original co-sponsors, helps to restore the original intent of the National Wildlife Refuge System by placing a ban on the use of cruel body-gripping traps within the refuge system.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds skincare company, Origins, for abandoning plans for a swim-with dolphins prize at Cabo Dolphins in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
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