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Posted inEnviro

Deadline Today: Will Nations Lose Access to U.S. Seafood Market?

Washington, DC, November 30, 2021—By today’s deadline, seafood-exporting nations worldwide must have adopted regulations to reduce entanglements of whales, dolphins, and seals in fishing gear or face a US import ban. Under a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) rule published in 2016, foreign fishing operations must meet the same marine mammal protection standards applied to US fisheries […]

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Revised USDA Food Label Guidance Continues to Promote Consumer Deception

Washington, DC, Dec. 30, 2019 —Following the release of an updated food labeling guidance document today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is appalled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to permit producers to mislead the public with confusing and unsubstantiated animal raising claims on meat and poultry packages. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection […]

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“Humanely Raised” Thanksgiving Turkey? USDA Ignores Deceptive Welfare Labels

Washington, DC, Nov. 7, 2019 —As families across the country begin planning their Thanksgiving feasts, consumers interested in purchasing higher-welfare or sustainably raised turkeys will be confronted with a slew of misleading labels sanctioned by the USDA. According to a new report by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), “Label Confusion 2.0: How the USDA Allows […]

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Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose BLM’s Risky Sterilization Experiments on Wild Horses

Washington, DC, Oct. 15, 2019 – Seventy-seven percent of Americans are opposed to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) proposed surgical sterilization experiments on wild horses, according to a newly released survey. The survey of more than 2,000 adults was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). Since […]

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Worldwide Call for G20 ‘International Whaling Intervention’ as Summit Host Japan Launches New Whale Killing Program

Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019 — Celebrities and animal conservation and welfare NGOs from across the globe are calling for an “international whaling intervention” to be staged at the G20 summit in Osaka as summit host Japan prepares to launch a renewed commercial whaling program1. The program will see Japan openly killing sei, Bryde’s and […]

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BLM Drops Wild Horse Sterilization Experiments, Plans to Return Some Horses & Burros to the Range

BURNS, OR, Feb. 19, 2019 – Wild horse advocacy groups are hailing an announcement Friday by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to officially abandon any plans to use mares rounded up from Oregon’s Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) for cruel surgical sterilization experiments. Now the BLM is seeking public comments on its plan […]

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Court of Appeals Upholds US Ban on Mexican Seafood Imports to Save Vaquita

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 28, 2018 – In a victory for one of Earth’s most endangered marine mammals, a federal court sided with conservationists today and, for the third time, upheld a four-month-old ban on the United States importing Mexican shrimp and other seafood caught with gillnets that drown vaquita porpoises. Rejecting a Trump administration legal […]

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Canada Urged to Expand Fisheries Closures to Save North Atlantic Right Whale

OTTAWA, Canada, Nov. 1, 2018 – Wildlife and animal protection groups submitted recommendations today urging Canada’s fishery management agency to continue to expand protections for critically imperiled North Atlantic right whales. Following an unprecedented 12 right whale deaths in Canadian waters in 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) closed key fishing areas in the Gulf […]

Posted inCalifornia

Despite Overwhelming Support for Marine Mammal Protections, House to Vote on Bill to Expand Sea Lion Killings

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2018 – Americans overwhelmingly support comprehensive protections for marine mammals, according to a new poll commissioned by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Oceana and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Despite that public endorsement, the US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill next week that would amend the […]

Posted inLife

Continental Divide: Photo Exhibit Explores Border Wall’s Impact on Wildlife

Washington, DC, June 14, 2018 —A new photo exhibit on Capitol Hill examines how a US-Mexico border wall could cause irreversible damage to human communities and wildlife. The exhibit, running through June 15 in the Russell Rotunda, features images by Krista Schlyer, an award-winning photographer and writer whose work focuses on conservation, biodiversity and public […]

Posted inUS

Animal protection coalition continues fight for animal welfare records to be restored online by USDA

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2018 – Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed its opening brief, appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) animal welfare report blackout. The group, leading a coalition of animal protection organizations, filed suit in February 2017 arguing that the USDA’s decision to remove the […]

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U.S. House Leaders Introduce Federal Legislation to Prohibit Slaughter of American Horses

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 12, 2017 — Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, was introduced by Reps. Vern […]

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NMFS’ Designation of Russian Beluga Whales as Depleted Makes Their Import into US Illegal

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 27, 2016 – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Cetacean Society International (CSI), Earth Island Institute (EII), and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) lauded the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today for its final designation of the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River population of beluga whales in Russia as depleted under the Marine Mammal […]

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Blumenauer Bill to Protect Animals from Cruel Traps, Reform USDA’s Wildlife Services Program

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 8, 2016 – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the introduction of a new federal bill—spearheaded by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—that would restrict the use of body-gripping traps on public lands administered by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Interior (DOI), as well as prohibit personnel in both departments from setting […]