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Dec 14, 2016, 09:15 ET AWI Sues USDA for Failure to Prevent Suffering of Animals at Slaughter

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its unreasonable delay in responding...


May 27, 2015, 09:15 ET New TEDx Talk Highlights Why SeaWorld Should Retire Shamu

In a TEDx Talk released today entitled "Let's Throw Shamu a Retirement Party!," Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Dr. Naomi Rose...


Mar 18, 2015, 11:48 ET AWI Sheds Light on Gross Animal Welfare Violations in U.S. Live Animal Exports

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) stated that changes are needed to U.S. animal export to address the gross violations of international animal...


May 14, 2014, 03:50 ET USDA Fails To Verify Food Label Claims, Says Animal Welfare Institute

A new report reveals the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is failing to verify the accuracy of label claims on meat and poultry products sold in...


Feb 12, 2014, 08:00 ET Chicken Industry's Revised Animal Care Standards Are Weak, Says Animal Welfare Organization

Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) sent a letter to Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council (NCC), condemning the trade...


Oct 17, 2013, 04:51 ET Groups Seek to Protect Endangered Red Wolves in Recovery Area from Deadly Mistaken Identity

Conservation organizations today challenged North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission's authorization of coyote hunting—including by spotlight at...


Jun 18, 2013, 09:28 ET Endangered Fin Whale Killed in Iceland

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announces an Icelandic media report that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed an endangered fin...


Jun 05, 2013, 05:55 ET National Academy Report Finds Serious Fault with BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Management Program

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes a new report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that clearly indicates the need for a major...


Jun 04, 2013, 10:04 ET Animal Welfare Institute Petitions USDA to Make Slaughter More Humane

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has submitted a petition to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting that the agency write...


Feb 08, 2013, 06:40 ET Animal Welfare Institute: Modoc County Sheriff Goes Rogue, Vows to Defy Federal Laws During Coyote Hunt

The Animal Welfare Institute, Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity are seeking an immediate investigation of Modoc County Sheriff...


Feb 07, 2013, 06:33 ET Thousands of Californians Speak Out Against Coyote-killing Contest

State wildlife officials in California declined to call off a coyote-hunting contest in Modoc County this weekend but, in response to public outcry,...


Feb 01, 2013, 09:04 ET State Asked to Halt Coyote-hunting Contest Planned for California's Modoc County Feb. 8-10

A coalition of more than 20 wildlife conservation organizations, representing more than a million Californians, are calling on the California...


Jan 14, 2013, 05:38 ET Animal Welfare Institute: Federal Inspectors Uncover Animal Cruelty and Deception at California Biotech

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today called upon Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to immediately revoke the dealer license of Santa Cruz...


Nov 26, 2012, 12:31 ET Court Halts N.C. Spotlighting of Coyotes After 4th Endangered Red Wolf Shot

A North Carolina court halted a temporary state rule that allowed spotlight hunting of coyotes at night in the five-county area of eastern North...


Oct 05, 2012, 05:18 ET California Fish & Game Commission accepts "Candidate" Status for the Gray Wolf under California Endangered Species Act

California moved one step closer to protecting the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act. On October 3rd the California Fish & Game...


Sep 19, 2012, 01:02 ET Cattle deaths lead US groups to demand suspension of livestock trade between Russian Federation and the United States

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) are urging the Russian Federation to suspend imports of cattle by sea from...


Sep 07, 2012, 05:14 ET Groups Challenge N.C. Spotlighting of Coyotes near Endangered Red Wolves

Accidental shootings resulting in death or injury are a primary concern outlined in a court challenge filed today against an illegal state rule that...


Aug 09, 2012, 01:33 ET Animal Welfare Groups Demand Action After 400 Pregnant Cattle from US Die en Route to Russia

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Compassion in World Farming are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action...


May 17, 2012, 10:58 ET USDA Helps Industrial Farms Claim Humane and Con Consumers, Says AWI

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today requested a USDA Inspector General audit of the USDA Process Verified Program, which certifies some products ...


Oct 26, 2011, 05:39 ET Illegal Trade in Whale Meat from Iceland's International Airport Exposed

Defying a worldwide ban on trade in whale products, Iceland is openly selling whale meat packaged for export in the departure area at Keflavik...


Jun 29, 2011, 09:00 ET AWI Asks Retailers to Consider Animal Welfare in Choosing Meat Suppliers

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is encouraging grocery store and restaurant chains to monitor the animal welfare record of their meat suppliers...


Jun 03, 2011, 11:55 ET California Schools Leading Race to Stop Dissections

Seven California schools have accepted a challenge by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to discontinue all animal dissections and lead the way to...


Apr 26, 2011, 10:57 ET California High School Accepts Challenge to Stop Animal Dissections

Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, CA is the first school to accept a challenge by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to discontinue animal...


Mar 22, 2011, 10:09 ET Willie & The Nelson Family Sing 'Wild Horses' - Country Music Legend Covers Stones Classic to Help Animal Welfare Institute Protect America's Horses

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is honored to announce the exclusive release of the Rolling Stones' classic "Wild Horses," performed and produced...


Feb 23, 2011, 08:00 ET USDA Urged to Adopt Rules to Ensure Animals for Export Are Fit to Travel

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture...