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AWI is dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it intends to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across the contiguous United States. We can’t allow wolves to be brutally wiped out once again. Please ask the agency to maintain federal protections for gray wolves: http://bit.ly/AWI-gray-wolves (link in bio). . Photo credit: LeFion . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #actnow #takeaction #wildlife #naturelovers #animals #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #wildlifeprotection #wild #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #protectendangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #graywolves #wolf #wolves #usfws #stopextinction
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared the third week of March “National Poison Prevention Week” to raise awareness of the risk of being poisoned by household products, medicines, and pesticides. It may surprise you to know that, more than 45 years later, the US Department of Agriculture continues to expose the public to one of the world’s deadliest pesticides, sodium cyanide. The USDA’s Wildlife Services program uses sodium cyanide in M-44s, or “cyanide bombs,” in the name of “predator control” but the highly toxic poison imperils companion animals, endangered species and other nontarget wildlife, and the public. During #NationalPoisonPreventionWeek please urge the Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit the continued use of this lethal chemical: http://bit.ly/AWIM44 (link in bio). . Photo credit: Matt Knoth . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #wildlife #wildlifeIG #animals #coyote #endangeredspecies #pets #epa #environment #conservation #m44s #sodiumcyanide #wildlifeservices #toxic
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Good news for America’s wild horses! After pressure and outrage from lawmakers, the public, and animal protection groups, the Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands ) has rescinded its controversial sales policy—issued in May—that could have resulted in federally protected wild horses and burros being sold into the slaughter pipeline: http://bit.ly/AWI-BLM-Sale (link in our profile). . Photo credit: Skeeze . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #horses #horse #wildhorses #wildhorse #horseslaughter #blm #horselove #instahorse #equine #equestrian #blmnational
Scientists announced today that only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world and that the animal’s extinction is virtually assured without bold and immediate action. The International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, AWI, and other conservation groups call on Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to end all gillnet fishing and boost enforcement in the vaquita’s small remaining habitat in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. The release of the new vaquita estimate comes just two days after reports of the possible first vaquita mortality of 2019. Read more at link in bio. . Photo by Thomas Jefferson . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #vaquita #savethevaquita #ocean #lovetheocean #oceanconservation #gulfofcalifornia #mexico #conservation #endangered #extinction #marinemammals
David Bernhardt has been disastrous for wildlife as deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior, and he will continue prioritizing handouts to industry over the preservation of our nation’s beloved land and wildlife if he is confirmed as secretary. Please urge your senators to oppose his confirmation: link in bio or bit.ly/AWIBernhardt. . Photo by fotoguy22 . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #actnow #takeaction #wildlife #wildlifeprotection #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #protectendangeredspecies #protectpubliclands #usinterior
Are you a student, or a parent of a student who wants to help save endangered species? AWI is continuing its partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books (@harperkid ) and acclaimed author Katherine Applegate (@katherineapplegateauthor ) to build awareness about the plight of endangered species worldwide and the need to defend the Endangered Species Act. Show your support by entering our #SaveAllSpecies sweepstakes. The winning classroom will receive a Skype visit from Katherine, a set of Endling books, and a donation to AWI made in that class’s name. Visit EndlingBooks.com to learn more! . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #contest #drawingcontest #students #helpanimals #teachers #endangeredspecies #classroom #avoiceforanimals #studentcontest #contestalert #classroomactivies #teacherideas #panda #gorilla #endlingbooks
The tide is turning for captive marine mammals in the West, but exploitation is on the rise in the East, according to the newly updated report: “The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity.” Co-produced by @awionline and @world_animal_protection , the 156-page document is meant to be a one-stop shop for those who wish to learn why it is unacceptable to confine marine mammals for public display and entertainment. Read more and see the report at the link in our bio. . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #whales #savewhales #orcas #dolphins #seals #sealions #turningthetide #captivity #wildanimals
With fewer than 420 endangered North Atlantic right whales remaining, we must do all we can to recover this species. A heartfelt thanks to Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and John Rutherford (R-FL) for introducing the bipartisan Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act. This legislation would provide vital government funding for innovative technologies and strategies to protect North Atlantic right whales from their greatest threats—fishing gear entanglements and collisions with vessels. Click the link in our bio to read more. . Photo Credit: FWC NOAA . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #whales #savewhales #ocean #lovetheocean #rightwhales #endangeredspecies #conservation #defendmarinemammals
US Fish and Wildlife Service just announced it plans to delist gray wolves across the contiguous 48 states despite their numbers being perilously low. Click the link in our bio to read more. . Photo Credit: Anders Illum . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #wildlife #wolves #graywolves #graywolf #savewolves #endageredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #stopextinction
March 3rd is #WorldWildlifeDay . This year’s theme, “Life Below Water: For People and Planet,” marks the first time the day will be focusing on marine species. Due primarily to the barbaric shark fin trade, sharks have become one of the most threatened marine species, with a quarter of shark and related species threatened with extinction. H.R. 737, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, would help conserve shark species by prohibiting the sale, purchase and possession of shark fins. Please ask your representatives to cosponsor this bill, link in bio. #FinBanNow . Photo Credit: Fiona Ayerst . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #actnow #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #sharks #savesharks #ocean #savetheocean #lovetheocean #worthmorealive #sharkfins #sharkfinning #lifebelowwater
As a volunteer at the Maruthy Animal Shelter in Bangalore, 2018 “A Voice for Animals” contest winner Vibha Rohilla has worked to promote the adoption of naturally evolved “Indian breed” dogs. These dogs often end up as strays or live out their lives in a shelter, as many people choose to purchase pedigreed puppies instead. In her essay, Vibha writes, “Advocacy and education make a difference. Just because they look different, that doesn’t mean that these dogs love anyone any more or less. These Indian-breed dogs can be ‘man’s best friend’ once again.” If you know a young person like Vibha who has a keen interest in alleviating animal suffering, encourage them to enter the 2019 “A Voice for Animals” contest. Visit hennet.org for more info (link in bio). . Photo credit: Maruthy Animal Shelter . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #contest #essaycontest #students #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #teachers #humaneeducation #avoiceforanimals #animalsuffering #videocontest #studentcontest #writingcontest #voiceforanimals
AWI is seriously concerned about the health and welfare of the last four dolphins who remained at Dolphinaris Arizona, who were flown last night to Coral World Ocean Park in Water Bay, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Water Bay is not fit for human swimmers 40% of the year based on Clean Water Act monitoring. Captive dolphins should be retired to seaside sanctuaries—not to polluted bays. Read more via link in bio. . Photo credit: Huskyherz . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #dolphins #arizonadolphins #actnow #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #animalsuffering #coralworld #captivity #captivedolphins #cleanwateract
In an underhanded, inhumane, and unnecessary move, the National Park Service is poised to violate an agreement by killing deer in New York’s Fire Island National Seashore as early as February 20. Raise your voice and tell Superintendent Alex Romero to abandon this plan and consider alternatives. You can follow the link in our bio to send an email, and when you are done please share this post to the Fire Island NPS Instagram: @FireIslandNPS. . Photo credit: Rich Schieren . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #deer #actnow #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #animalsuffering #nps #fireislandnps #newyork
Thanks Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Vern Buchanan for leading the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act HR 961 to protect American horses from the gruesome & predatory slaughter industry. Take action & ask Congress to pass this bill: http://bit.ly/2GDroky (link in bio). #SAFEAct #BanHorseSlaughter #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #horses #horseslaughter #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #animalsuffering #congress #actnow
Each winter, plunging temperatures, bone chilling winds, and massive snowstorms endanger the lives of millions of Americans. In addition to the human impact, farm animals frequently suffer and die from these extreme weather events. The USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program reimburses farmers for losses regardless of whether they plan for disasters. Please join us in asking Agriculture Secretary Perdue to require farm owners to demonstrate that they have a management plan in place aimed at prioritizing farm animal safety and welfare during natural disasters, link in bio. . Photo credit: Michelle Erickson-Jones . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #farmanimals #extremeweather #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #avoiceforanimals #animalsuffering #usda #farmanimalsafety #farmanimalwelfare #naturaldisasters
The Animal Welfare Institute, in partnership with the Humane Education Network, is pleased to announce the 2019 “A Voice for Animals Contest.” Now in its 29th year, the contest affords youth (ages 14-18) an opportunity to investigate the causes of animal suffering and explore potential solutions. Submissions will be accepted through April 30, and the winners will be announced no later than June 22, 2019. Please visit http://hennet.org for more details and to enter (link in bio). . Photo credit: Sam Manns . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #contest #essaycontest #students #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #teachers #humaneeducation #avoiceforanimals #animalsuffering #videocontest
Calling all teachers! Help build awareness of the need to save endangered species by entering a contest sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Have your class draw pictures of endangered species for a chance to win a visit via Skype from acclaimed author Katherine Applegate and a classroom set of her books. Learn more about the sweepstakes and how to enter at Endlingbooks.com (link in bio). #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #endangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #sweepstakes #classroomactivities #teachers #teacherideas #humaneeducation #endlingbooks #saveallspecies
Are you a teacher who wants to help save endangered species? AWI is continuing its partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books and acclaimed author Katherine Applegate to build awareness about the plight of endangered species worldwide and the need to defend the Endangered Species Act. Show your support by entering our #SaveAllSpecies sweepstakes for a chance to win a classroom Skype visit from Katherine, a set of Endling books, and a donation made in your class’s name. Visit EndlingBooks.com to learn more! (link in bio) . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #endangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #doyourpart #saveanimals #helpanimals #sweepstakes #classroomactivities #teachers #teacherideas #humaneeducation #endlingbooks
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