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United States Finds Mexico Is Undermining Wildlife Treaty, May Impose Embargo
Friday, May 26, 2023
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today that Mexico has failed to halt the illegal wildlife trade threatening the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, diminishing the effectiveness of an international wildlife treaty.
Bill Introduced to Ban Brutal Helicopter Roundups of Wild Horses
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) commend US Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV), David Schweikert (R-AZ), and Steve Cohen (D-TN) for reintroducing today the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act...
Animal Welfare Groups Commend Members of Congress for Reintroducing Legislation to End Horse Slaughter
Thursday, May 18, 2023
A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has reintroduced the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act—federal legislation that would permanently protect American horses from commercial slaughter. This legislation would expand the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition...
Animal Protection Groups Call on USDA to Require Cameras Inside CO2 Stunning Areas of Pig Slaughter Plants
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Today, a coalition of animal protection groups submitted a rulemaking petition to the US Department of Agriculture to require pig slaughter plants to install cameras inside gondola cages used in carbon dioxide stunning systems.
Environmental/Wild Horse Advocates File Lawsuit Over Government Plan to Eradicate One-Third of Wyoming’s Wild Horse Population
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Today, a coalition of wild horse advocates, environmentalists, and academics filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Wyoming against the US Department of the Interior over a federal plan that would...
Marine Mammal Bycatch in Ecuador’s Fisheries Threatens Access to US Seafood Market
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
A report released today by conservation and animal protection groups finds that Ecuador’s fishing industry does not meet US standards for limiting whale and dolphin bycatch.
House Revives PAST Act to End Equine Abuse at Horse Shows
Monday, May 08, 2023
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) endorses Friday's reintroduction in the US House of Representatives of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 3090) to combat the inhumane practice of “soring,” whereby individuals intentionally inflict...
US to Decide Whether Mexico's Failure to Protect Vaquita Warrants Embargo
Monday, April 10, 2023
In a settlement filed in court Friday, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) agreed to determine whether Mexico has failed to stop illegal fishing and trade of totoaba that is driving the vaquita porpoise’s...
Atlantic Humpback Dolphin Recommended for Endangered Species Act Listing
Friday, April 07, 2023
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced a proposed rule today to list the Atlantic humpback dolphin under the Endangered Species Act, in response to a 2021 petition filed by the Animal Welfare Institute, the...
AWI Scholarship Winners Dream Big on Behalf of Animals
Wednesday, April 05, 2023
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today the 14 winners of a scholarship designed to support high school seniors who are planning to use their post-secondary education to better the lives of animals.
US Senators Urge USDA to Address Misleading Food Label Claims
Thursday, March 30, 2023
US Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are urging the US Department of Agriculture to fulfill its obligation to protect the public from misleading food labels, citing...
CITES Sanctions Mexico for Failing to Protect the Vaquita Porpoise
Monday, March 27, 2023
The Secretariat to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced today trade sanctions against Mexico for its failure to control illegal fishing and trade that endangers the...
AWI Funds Innovative, Humane Strategies to Resolve Human-Wildlife Conflicts
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced the eight recipients of its Christine Stevens Wildlife Award who are developing creative tools and strategies to reduce or prevent conflicts between wild animals and humans.
CITES Turns 50: International Trade Agreement Must Do More to Respond to Global Biodiversity Crisis
Friday, March 03, 2023
Today, on World Wildlife Day, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the only international treaty specifically designed...
EU Plan to Protect Marine Species Threatens Seafood Exports to United States
Thursday, February 23, 2023
The European Commission’s EU Action Plan released this week falls short of protecting and restoring marine species, and jeopardizes continued access for EU fish products to the lucrative US seafood market, according to a coalition...
Gulf of Maine Lobster Fishery Abandons Bid for Sustainable Certification
Friday, February 03, 2023
In a move welcomed by the conservation community, the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery will no longer seek recertification under the “blue fish tick” ecolabel, a program of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) that purportedly...
AWI Awards $70,000 to Lab Animal Sanctuaries After Giving Tuesday Campaign
Friday, January 20, 2023
Following the most successful Giving Tuesday fundraiser in recent memory, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has awarded $70,000 to three sanctuaries that provide socialization, veterinary care, enrichment activities, and more for animals previously used in...
New Research: Custom Slaughter Facilities Among Worst for Animal Abuse
Thursday, January 19, 2023
The US Department of Agriculture consistently fails to review and respond to animal welfare violations at custom-exempt slaughter facilities, resulting in animals being beaten, held in deplorable conditions, and deprived of food and water for...
New Legislation Prioritizes Emergency Preparedness to Help Farm Animals and Taxpayers
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Humane Farming Association commend today’s introduction of the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Farm Animals Act (H.R. 243) led by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN).
New Research: Mass Killing of Farm Animals by Heat Stroke Demands Action by Veterinary Community
Thursday, January 05, 2023
In response to disease outbreaks and supply chain disruptions, US producers are killing an increasing number of farm animals by inducing heat stroke—“an urgent ethical problem for the US veterinary community,” according to a newly...