AWI Quarterly » 2003 Fall

With over nine million dairy cows in the United States, and with an estimated 88 percent of cows giving birth every year, it seems safe to conclude that at least four million male dairy calves are born every year on U.S. dairy farms.
An anonymous donor has provided funds to award up to twelve applicants with funds for proposals intended to improve laboratory animal welfare. The focus of these awards is to improve housing, handling, and/or experimental situations for laboratory animals
"From time to time I dream that I'm a manatee, undulating underneath the sea." Actor John Lithgow's latest children's book explores the fantasy world of a young boy who wishes he were a manatee. As he lies in slumber dreaming, the world around him is transformed into a watery paradise.
Your government wants to facilitate trophy hunters importing markhor from Pakistan and wood bison from Canada, leather manufacturers importing crocodiles from Guatemala or Belize, and zoos and circuses importing Asian elephants for display and entertainment.
For over a decade AWI has watched global free trade agreements wage war on animal protection laws. This September, we took our fight to the front lines and attended the Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), in Cancun, Mexico.
An astonishing 25 million ducks are raised and slaughtered for human consumption each year in the United States. Pekin and Muscovy ducks are the most commonly farmed breeds, and, like other farm animals, they descended from wild ancestors. Left to their own devices, these social and inquisitive animals would spend substantial portions of each day foraging for food, swimming, resting, mating, and caring for their young (see AWI Quarterly, Winter 2002).
The premise of AWI's humane farm husbandry program is that animals must enjoy sound physical and psychological health in environments that permit constructive expression of natural behaviors.
You can receive college credit for taking a fur trapping course through Purdue University of West Lafayette, Indiana. But before you sign up for the course, you must become a member of the Fur Takers of America (FTA).
About 200,000 acres of prime wetland in North Dakota have had virtually all of their raccoons, fox, and skunks eliminated by trapping. Steel jaw leghold traps, necksnares, and conibear traps were used. T
Despite international condemnation, Iceland has become the latest nation to resume hunting whales. Like Japan, it justifies this indefensible action under the guise of "scientific whaling." On August 18, Icelandic whalers killed a minke whale, the first such slaughter in almost 15 years.
On August 26, 2003, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California, Elizabeth D. Laporte, imposed a "tailored" injunction on the Navy, preventing unfettered deployment of its Low Frequency Active sonar (LFA).
The narwhal is a medium sized Arctic whale with a unique, spiraled ivory tusk that can measure up to two meters long. It is hunted for its meat and blubber by Inuit hunters in West Greenland and Eastern Canada, but its tusks, which, like elephant ivory, can be intricately carved, are commercially valuable and exported in significant numbers, mainly to Switzerland and Japan.
This ominous statement by Ted Reilly, head of the Swaziland Big Game Parks Department, was turned into a public relations mantra by the San Diego Zoo and the Lowry Park Zoo as they fought to import eleven elephants from Swaziland. To gain public support, San Diego Zoo has referred to the elephant purchase disingenuously as a "rescue" with machinelike regularity.
Brought to you by the Society for Animal Protective Legislation Time to Crack Down on Animal Fighting In an effort to deter barbaric animal battles such as dogfighting and cockfighting, federal legislation has been introduced to establish felony-level jail time for anyone who violates the Animal Welfare Act's provision outlawing animal fighting and prohibit the interstate and foreign commerce in torturous tools such as knives and gaffs used in cockfighting.
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the Fund for Animals (FFA), and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) just released an in-depth report revealing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - responsible for enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act - routinely looks the other way when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey beats and otherwise mistreats the elephants in its circus.