Press Releases

Monday, July 16, 2012
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, together with The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare Institute, released the first-ever nationwide opinion poll gauging attitudes about keeping orcas, also known as killer whales, in captivity for public display. The poll found that more Americans oppose than support the practice, with only one in four people in favor of it.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) report that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has firmly rejected a proposal by Greenland that would have put more whale meat on restaurant menus in tourist hotels.  Thirty-four countries, including all the attending members of the European Union with the exception of Denmark, and all Latin American countries rightly opposed the draft proposal which sought an increase in Greenland’s aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quota.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
After hours of rancorous debate, the International Whaling Commission accepted a proposal from the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to kill four humpback whales a year for the next six years. The proposal was strongly opposed by a block of Latin American countries led by the Dominican Republic whose whale watching industry generates millions of dollars annually from the same humpbacks targeted by SVG.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has unfortunately approved a request by the United States for an aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quota for the Makah Tribe of Northwest Washington State. Pursuit of this quota by the United States represents a waste of time, taxpayer dollars and federal employee time, given the fact that it has been nearly 90 years since the tribe has demonstrated any subsistence need for the whales, and such hunts have been ruled off limits by a federal appeals court.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"The Animal Welfare Institute commends Representative Jim Moran and his colleagues, Representatives Sam Farr (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (C-CT), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) for their statements in support of the amendment," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for AWI
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Illinois General Assembly for passing and sending to the governor legislation that allows the prosecution of leaders of dog fighting networks under Illinois’ anti-racketeering (RICO) laws, providing an important new tool for prosecutors to apply against dog fighting organizers and financiers.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today requested a USDA Inspector General audit of the USDA Process Verified Program, which certifies some products as “humanely raised” when in fact they come from animals suffering on conventional, industrial farming operations.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Decision Threatens Endangered Red Wolves, Other Wildlife, People and Pets North Carolina/Washington D.C.: The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Project Coyote expressed grave concerns in response to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s decision to allow unlimited night hunting of coyotes and feral pigs, which could begin this summer. The Commission approved the rules largely to provide new opportunities for hunters to expand hunting opportunities, not as a means to effectively manage wildlife populations.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Conservationists Urge EU and US Governments to Intervene For immediate release London/Washington D.C.: Conservation and animal welfare groups expressed concern today over news that Iceland’s endangered fin whale hunt will resume this summer.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Celebrities, School Children, and Citizen Advocates Gather at Capitol to Lobby for Permanent Ban on Horse Slaughter.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mayor Vincent Gray has officially proclaimed April 28th, 2012 to be Save the Frogs Day in the District of Columbia to help bring awareness to the ecological importance of frogs.
Monday, April 9, 2012
In recognition of April as Animal Cruelty Awareness Month, the Animal Welfare Institute announces the availability of the Animal Cruelty Crime Statistics: Findings from a Survey of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs.
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