Thursday, December 17, 2015
Washington, DC—As consumers hit supermarkets this month to prepare for holiday gatherings, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today issued results from its investigation of approximately 90 brand-name poultry products. The results, presented in a report entitled USDA Gives Producers Free Reign over “Free Range” Product Labels, reveals that the approval process by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for “free range” labels on poultry products is flawed—deceiving shoppers.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Washington, DC—Two and a half months after the start of the 2016 fiscal year and after several short-term extensions, the US Congress released early this morning the federal budget funding the government through September 30, 2016. The President is expected to sign the measure once approved by Congress.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today of its intent to sue the agency for failing to make a timely 12-month finding, as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), on whether to list the pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) as endangered.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
BEIJING—The China Cetacean Alliance (CCA), a coalition of international and Chinese animal welfare organizations officially launched at a media event in Beijing last week, issued an unprecedented report on the captive cetacean industry in mainland China.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Washington, DC/Santiago, Chile—Responding to the United Nations’ recent decision to award Japan a much coveted non-permanent seat on the Security Council, 65 conservation and animal protection organizations opposed to Japan’s commercial whaling are protesting to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Japan’s recent conduct does not befit such a privilege.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
North Carolina—Conservation organizations launched an online campaign this week entitled “The Truth about Red Wolves,” aimed at building support for the dwindling population of the world’s only wild red wolves in North Carolina. The campaign is currently advertised on The Outer Banks Voice.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
WASHINGTON–More than 150 conservation groups have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to oppose all policy “riders” that would undermine the Endangered Species Act during negotiations on final spending legislation for Fiscal Year 2016.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Conservation groups filed a complaint late yesterday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and its illegal action in authorizing the killing of a breeding female red wolf.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The US Navy today said it plans to prepare a new environmental impact statement for training and testing exercises in the Pacific Ocean from December 2018 onward, including the use of sonar and explosives that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Los Angeles, CA–At a press conference on Friday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will introduce the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act. This landmark legislation would phase out the captivity of orcas so that their display ends with this generation.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
A quarter of the U.S. Senate signed a letter to President Obama urging him to veto any spending bills that include politically motivated riders targeting endangered and threatened species. As the letter notes, the “extinction of earth’s species is now at its highest rate since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, with human activity—including significant ecological impacts from climate change—initiating an extinction crisis on our planet.”
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program charged with resolving wildlife conflicts—but that perversely is responsible for killing millions of animals each year in the United States—received carte blanche from the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) to continue its reckless war on America’s wildlife.