Press Releases

Thursday, March 17, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida—Renowned scientists and over a dozen conservation and animal-protection organizations, including the Animal Welfare Institute, submitted a scientific petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the Florida black bear under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Washington, DC—Three US conservation groups petitioned the federal government today to protect Taiwanese humpback dolphins under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help prevent the extinction of a population that now numbers fewer than 75 dolphins.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
BOSTON, MA—Members of the “Don’t Buy from Icelandic Whalers” coalition have affirmed that their campaign will continue until Iceland permanently ends commercial whaling and international trading of whale products, despite breaking news that Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf is suspending its summer hunt of endangered fin whales.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Washington, DC —On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2406)—a sweeping pro-trophy hunting and trapping bill—by a largely partisan vote of 242 to 161. The Obama administration released a statement strongly opposing H.R. 2406 earlier that same week.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Washington, DC—A recently released United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report from January 2016 discloses that Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT), one of the world’s largest producers of animal-derived research antibodies, has eliminated its entire inventory of goats and rabbits.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
More than 80 private landowners in North Carolina’s five-county red wolf recovery area signed a petition, sent today to U.S Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, expressing their support for keeping endangered red wolves on their land.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is disappointed to learn that SeaWorld San Diego has filed a lawsuit against the State of California, challenging an October 8 decision by the California Coastal Commission (CCC).
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.
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