AWI Quarterly » 2012 Winter

A wild horse grazes near Glacier National Park in Montana - Photo by Todd Klassy
Winter 2012 Volume 61 Number 1
According to a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation, breeding farms in Indonesia are being used to launder thousands of illegally caught snakes each year.
2011 was a grim year for rhinos. In November, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared Africa’s western black rhino officially extinct, and indicated that the northern white rhino is "possibly extinct," as well.
Lions and tigers and bears...do not belong on the road! It is impossible for circuses and other traveling exhibitors to meet the very complex needs of wild and exotic animals.
For the first time in six years, Congress has opened the doors to restarting horse slaughter in the U.S. The bill to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the rest of FY 2012 was stripped of language prohibiting USDA inspections of plants that slaughter horses for human consumption.
The City of Calabasas, in the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles, has decided it will no longer use city funds to finance the killing of coyotes.
Nestled in the Western New York community of Alfred, Windy Ridge Natural Farms is a pasture-based poultry farm that raises its laying hens in accordance with AWI’s Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) standards.
"Most current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary," according to a landmark Institute of Medicine report titled Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity.
The 62nd National Meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) - the largest research animal-specific conference in the United States - was held in San Diego, California, October 2-6, 2011. AWI was there and engaged many research professionals and laboratory staff in conversations regarding how to provide the best care for animals in research.