Press Releases

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Springfield, IL  – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to announce that HB 83, a bill that would prevent some of the most inhumane forms of tethering, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 78-38. We commend the leadership and compassion of Chairman Daniel J. Burke, the sponsor of HB 83, for advancing this important bill.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal includes a request for Congress to block spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants. A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005, which effectively shut the door to the grisly horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil. However, it was not renewed in 2011, leading to the potential for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S at the expense of American taxpayers.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013, Washington, DC. – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is calling on the United States to take Norway to task over an unexpected export of more than four metric tons of whale products to Japan.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Rock Creek Park, situated in the center of an urban forest, provides a much needed respite from the hectic pace of living and working in the nation's capital and surrounding communities. Millions of Americans each year enjoy watching the park's deer and other wildlife, hiking the park's miles of trails, and using its many recreational facilities.
Friday, March 22, 2013
And American’s Agree. Now It Is Time for Congress to Act! Washington, D.C. – The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act prohibits cruel export and slaughter of drugged horses for human consumption
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to report that HB 83, a bill before the Illinois House of Representatives that would put restrictions on the tethering of dogs, was approved by the Executive Committee by a unanimous 11-0 vote.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Animal Welfare Institute, Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity are seeking an immediate investigation of Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter for his decision to defy federal laws and advocate the violation of those laws during this weekend’s Coyote Drive 13, a coyote-killing contest in and near Modoc County.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO—State wildlife officials in California declined to call off a coyote-hunting contest in Modoc County this weekend but, in response to public outcry, agreed to take steps to clarify the scope of the hunt and protect OR-7, the first wild wolf in California in nearly nine decades. The precautionary steps were recommended by a coalition of conservation groups representing more than a million Californians, including the Animal Welfare Institute, Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The four national animal welfare groups hosted a welcome reception for Rep. Campbell and the returning members of the CAPC on Capitol Hill on Feb. 5.
Friday, February 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — A coalition of more than 20 wildlife conservation organizations, representing more than a million Californians, are calling on the California Department of Wildlife and California Fish and Game Commission to stop a planned coyote-hunting contest scheduled for early February in Modoc County.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
In its ongoing effort to address the needs of victims of domestic violence and their companion animals, the Animal Welfare Institute announces a new feature on its Animals and Family Violence web page: a listing of Safe Havens searchable by zip code(www.awionline.org/safe-havens).
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