Press Releases

Friday, June 12, 2015
Washington, DC—WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) have discovered that, in the latest desperate effort to prop up a dying industry, Hvalur hf, Iceland’s fin whaling company, has joined forces with Aquaship, a shipping company with a troubling record, to transport meat from endangered fin whales through Russian waters to Japan.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) filed a petition today with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the Northwest Atlantic population of the thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata), a species of fish, as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Washington, DC— In a TEDx Talk released today entitled “Let’s Throw Shamu a Retirement Party!,” Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Dr. Naomi Rose advocates for the gradual phasing out of exhibits and shows featuring orcas, highlighting the species’ complex family structure in nature as a primary reason why orcas cannot thrive in captivity. Dr. Rose presented her talk at TedxBend, an independent TED event held in Bend, Oregon, in April 2015.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Paris, France—Although the World Heritage Committee designated Mexico’s “Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California” as a World Heritage property in 2005 in recognition of the area’s outstanding biodiversity, the vaquita and totoaba now face extinction as a result of fishing activities, including poaching.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Washington, DC—Leading animal welfare and wildlife conservation organizations this week announced support for the reintroduction of the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 2016/S. 1081) in both the US House of Representatives by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and the US Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). This bill would ban the use or possession of all body-gripping animal traps—including snares, Conibear traps, and steel-jaw leghold traps—on lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Washington, DC—Federal lawmakers today introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the US, end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Brussels, Belgium—A coalition of animal welfare and conservation groups has launched a new online ad campaign to coincide with the 2015 Seafood Exposition Global and Seafood Processing Global convention in Brussels this week, advising consumers and major seafood buyers to be aware of fish “tainted by the blood of whales.”
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has partnered with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) to make available copies of two of its children’s publications, Kamie Cat's Terrible Night and Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person, to Head Start classrooms and centers nationwide.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Mendocino, CA–In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
BOSTON, MA—Through an ad campaign, a coalition of conservation and animal welfare organizations are warning Bostonians and city visitors that a nationwide consumer-led boycott of Mexican shrimp may be necessary to save the vaquita, a vanishing porpoise species that resides in the Gulf of California. The advertisements, which depict a dead vaquita and ask “Is it time to boycott Mexican shrimp?” will run on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Silver Line through Sunday, April 12.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Honolulu, Hawai‘i—A federal judge has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving U.S. Navy testing and training activities in the Pacific Ocean that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) stated that changes are needed to U.S. animal export to address the gross violations of international animal welfare code occurring on shipments of farm animals leaving the United States. Some of those changes are reflected in new rules recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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