Press Releases

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).
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Data obtained from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records indicates that ten red wolves (out of total population of around 100) were killed by suspected gunshot in 2012. This is higher than the average rate of red wolf gunshot mortality documented between 2004 and 2011 (seven per year). Nine of the 10 deaths in 2012 occurred after the temporary rule went into effect in August, and at least three of these deaths were reported by hunters who thought they were shooting at a coyote when in fact it was a red wolf.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Homes for Horses Coalition, a resource and representative voice of the nation’s horse rescue and sanctuary community, announced the appointment of Cindy Gendron as the program’s new coordinator. The coalition was formed in 2007 by The Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to serve as a recognized national network of experts in equine care and government policy affecting equines.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today called upon Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to immediately revoke the dealer license of Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT)—one of the nation’s largest commercial suppliers of research antibodies—in connection with apparent egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Earlier this month, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and Project Coyote obtained a default ruling in our lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for waiving state permit requirements for controversial penning facilities like WCI Foxhound Training Preserve (WCI). The judge signed, without changes, our proposed judgment, which included a declaration that WCI’s possession of coyotes without a permit is unlawful.
Monday, November 26, 2012
BREAKING NEWS: A judge in Wake County, NC has ordered a suspension of the spotlight hunting at night of coyotes in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort counties—home to the only wild population of red wolves in existence. A number of the critically endangered wolves, who can easily be mistaken for coyotes, have been killed.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Concerned groups asked a state court to stop spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in North Carolina—including the area inhabited by the world’s only wild population of about 100 red wolves—after one or more of the wolves was killed.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Wolves Afforded Immediate "Candidate" Status ~ Kicking off a One-year Process SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — California moved one step closer to deciding whether to protect the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act, by accepting a petition that had been filed earlier this year.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) are urging the Russian Federation to suspend imports of cattle by sea from the United States. This request from animal welfare organizations follows an incident in August in which more than 1,000 out of 3,400 breeding dairy cattle from one U.S. shipment died en route to Russia or had to be euthanized upon arrival due to their extremely poor condition.
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