Press Releases

Friday, October 1, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- A new report by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) - Humane Slaughter Update: Comparing State and Federal Enforcement of Humane Slaughter Laws - indicates that, more than two years after the shocking depiction of inhumane practices at the Westland-Hallmark slaughter plant in California, enforcement of humane slaughter laws has increased at both the state and federal levels, but remains inconsistent and low i
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Hundreds of Animals Rescued from Lab under Investigation for Abuse UPDATE: USDA Inspection Reports from September 2010, July 2010 and June 2010 UPDATE (November 24, 2010): NC Rescue Animals Still Need Homes
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds the finding by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that SeaWorld of Florida LLC willfully violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in connection with its role in the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who drowned after being pulled into a SeaWorld Orlando aquarium by an orca named Tilikum.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), along with leading Members of Congress, numerous wild horse advocacy organizations and the majority of Americans, is exceedingly frustrated with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) gross mismanagement of America’s wild horses and burros. In a recent ad in the Washington, D.C., newspaper, The Hill, AWI called on Congress to take swift and decisive action to prevent the BLM from “managing” our nation’s wild horses into extinction.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN), of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for bringing the Horse Transportation Safety Act (H.R. 305) before his Committee and supporting its swift unanimous passage. "We are especially grateful for the leadership and commitment of the bill’s sponsors Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman Steven Cohen (D-TN). Both have been incredible champions for the welfare of America’s horses," noted Christine Sequenzia, AWI federal policy advisor.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute commends the U.S. House of Representatives for its overwhelming bipartisan vote today - 416-3 - in favor of H.R. 5566, a bill to outlaw trafficking in “crush videos,” a particularly depraved product that depicts women in stilettos or their bare feet literally crushing, stomping on, or impaling small helpless animals to satisfy sadistic viewers with a bizarre sexual fetish.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- Philanthropist and businesswoman Madeleine Pickens was joined today by the ASPCA, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the Animal Welfare Institute and many other organizations expressing their outrage over the deaths of at least seven mustangs in a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup conducted Saturday in the Owyhee Complex in northeastern Nevada.
Friday, July 2, 2010
New Orleans, LA -- BP and the United States Coast Guard, defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal protection and conservation groups, agreed today to measures designed to prevent the burning of endangered sea turtles during efforts to remove oil from  the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "We are pleased that BP and the Coast Guard have agreed to take a variety of actions to prevent the horrific burning alive of endangered sea turtles," says AWI President Cathy Liss.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
New Orleans, LA -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal protection and conservation organizations have filed suit in federal court today against British Petroleum America, Inc., British Petroleum Exploration & Production and British Petroleum PLC ("BP") for burning critically endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Animal Welfare Institute mourns the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and praises his long history of staunch support of animal protection legislation and the numerous impassioned speeches he delivered on the Senate floor on behalf of animals. From his forceful condemnation of dog fighting as brought to light by the case of Michael Vick, to his call for increased enforcement of humane slaughter laws, Senator Byrd was perhaps the most eloquent voice for animals in the U.S. Senate. He will be sorely missed.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission votes UNANIMOUSLY for immediate ban on Coyote and Fox Penning Lake Mary, FL -- Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) declared a victory for wildlife, after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted unanimously today to ban coyote and fox pens statewide. Penning involves sending packs of domestic dogs into a fenced-off enclosure to chase to exhaustion and often tear apart a captive coyote or fox.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
  UPDATE: On June 23, 2010 the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved H.R. 5566, Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010.  The bill now moves to the floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives. AWI will continue pushing for immediate action on this important legislation.    
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