AWI Quarterly » 2008 Winter

Cover photo by Skip Huntress
Winter 2008 Volume 57 Number 1
Children are naturally drawn toward animals, and non-human species frequently steal the show in books, television programs and films targeted at young audiences. From Wilbur the pig to the family dog, kids learn early on that animals have feelings and emotions just like them. Sadly, traditional classroom lessons often conflict with this natural discovery.
As the world's most populous country, with over 1.3 billion people and a burgeoning economy, China is quickly becoming a major player on the world stage. Cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are growing in size and opulence, featuring modern skylines that rival many of those found in America. Unfortunately, China's environmental record is miserable, with few animal protection laws, massive habitat loss and degradation, and severe air pollution. When it comes to wildlife trade, China's consumption of these products has skyrocketed.
In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier By Thomas I. White Wiley-Blackwell, 2007 ISBN-10: 1405157798 248 pages; $21.95
In 2006, AWI launched the Compassion Index (CI) to provide a real-time legislative system that shows the public how elected officials rate on animal protection issues pending before the US Congress.
Though there are no US horse slaughter plants currently in operation, killer-buyers continue to purchase horses at auction—transporting them across the border to Canada or Mexico to face an even more brutal death. Recently, a horse owner in northwest Oklahoma contacted the Animal Welfare Institute to report that her two pregnant mares were purchased, by someone who sold them for slaughter.
Educators weave awareness and respect for animals into their lessons by Tracy Basile, AWI editorial consultant and adjunct professor at Pace University
Threats to Alaska's wilderness—such as global warming, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and destructive logging—have made news headlines in recent years, but there is another dangerous situation that has mostly been kept under wraps
by Tim Hermach, President, Native Forest Council This winter, the seasonal storms came as they always do to the Northwestern region of the United States. In early December 2007, heavy rains and wind buffeted the fragmented forest landscapes and clear-cuts that now make up our public and private lands, snapping off the weak, fast growing, genetically altered trees that have replaced our once-great forests. Landslides and debris flows cascaded down the steep, barren slopes.
Presidents and presidential candidates have been traveling through Iowa for the past three decades, attempting to court the native vote and win trust by showing an understanding of all things Iowan. One of those, the almighty hog, happens to not only be a chief Iowa export, but also the source of its leading political controversy.
Scientists Document Rare Species in Gobi Desert A petite nocturnal mammal with very large ears, appropriately known as the long-eared jerboa, has been
Dr. Bushmitz Mark Moshe, Veterinary Director of the B Virus-Free Cynomolgus Monkey Breeding Farm in Israel, Shares his Experience Minimizing Aggression in Group-House Macaques.