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AWI is dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. Click the below to learn more and take action for animals.

The @USFWS just finalized regulations to severely undermine the strength of the Endangered Species Act, risking the future of wildlife species and further threatening the balance of fragile ecosystems that we depend on for survival. The regulations would curtail protections afforded to threatened species, allow economic considerations to be weighed when deciding whether to list a species, significantly weaken the process for designating protected habitat, and dismantle the interagency consultation process, effectively silencing the voices of experts best suited to determine the effect of projects on imperiled species. At a time of global mass extinction driven by human activities, we need the ESA more than ever, and these regulations are a devastating blow to vulnerable wildlife. Visit the link in our bio to learn more. . . 📷 Photo from Flickr by PimGMX . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #endangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #endangeredspecieslist #ESA #wildlife #endangeredwildlife #USFWS #stopextinction
The Trump administration recently reauthorized the use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. M-44s are responsible for indiscriminately killing thousands of animals each year and injuring people. Read more by visiting the link in our bio. . . . 📷 Photo from Flickr by Karen Bullock . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #wildlife #wildlifeprotection #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeonearth #wildlifepictures #wildlifeofinstagram #baldeagle #baldeagles #baldeaglesofinstagram
With just over 400 North Atlantic right whales left, ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the biggest threats to their existence. This month, the US government is holding scoping meetings across New England to receive input from communities on proposed new rules for lobster and Jonah crab fisheries to reduce the risk they pose to the whales. Tonight, AWI’s marine animal consultant, Kate O’Connell, will be attending the meeting in Narraganset, Rhode Island, to provide testimony from AWI. To learn more about what you can do to help protect the North Atlantic right whale, visit the link in our bio. . . 📷 Photo by NOAA Fisheries/Christin Khan, NEFSC . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #endangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #endangeredspecieslist #ESA #wildlife #endangeredwildlife #whales #rightwhales #savethewhales #rhodeisland
Did you know that one out of four of the world's mammal species are threatened with extinction, largely due to human activity? Without the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), over 2,000 animal and plant species could face extinction. Use AWI's endangered species page to learn which species are threatened and endangered by visiting the link in our bio. . . 📷 Photo from Flickr by Josh Henderson . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #ocelot #endangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesact #endangeredspecieslist #ESA #wildlife #endangeredwildlife #endangeredanimals
This Shark Week and beyond, we need to be afraid FOR sharks, not OF them. Nearly 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year—around 73 million for their fins alone. The shark fin trade is driving shark species to the brink of extinction. One of the easiest ways to help protect vulnerable shark species is to not consume shark fin products. Visit the link in our bio to see which restaurants in your area serve shark fin soup and other shark products and boycott these establishments. 🦈 . . 📷 Photo by UWphotographer . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #sharkweek #sharkweek2019 #sharkafterdark #finbannow #sharkfinning #sharkfinsoup #underwater #savesharks #shark #sharksofinstagram
Historic win for Tennessee Walking Horses! The US House of Representatives passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act—a bill to end the pernicious practice of “soring” whereby individuals intentionally abuse horses to create an exaggerated high-stepping gait for competitions. Contact your senators and urge them to quickly take up the bill so that the PAST Act can finally be signed into law by visiting the link in our bio. 📷 Photo courtesy of HSUS. . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #horsesofinstagram #horseshowing #horseshows #horsesoninstagram #instagramhorses #horsesofinsta #tennesseewalkinghorse #passthePASTact
The American Veterinary Medical Association has provided helpful information for pet owners preparing for evacuation due to weather-related emergencies. Pet owners are advised to prepare a pet evacuation kit—including food, medicine, first aid supplies, sanitation supplies, important documents and records, travel supplies, and comfort items—in case of emergency. For additional information regarding emergency preparedness, visit the link in our bio. . . . #animalwelfare #animalwelfareinstitute #AVMA #emergencypreparedness #hurricaneseason #summerweather #severeweather #petsoftheday #petsathome #petsafety #petsafetytips
Recognizing the strong correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse, Rhode Island has become the 34th state to allow individuals to include pets in domestic violence protection orders. Victims of abuse should not have to choose between their safety & the increased risk to their pets. Learn more about including pets in protection orders by visiting the link in our bio. . 📷 Photo by: EllenaZ . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #animalsofinsta #domesticviolenceawareness #dvawareness #rhodeisland #rhodeislandlife #catlovers #cats_of_instagram #dogsofinsta #dogslover #petsofinstagram #petsoftheday #petscorner
Congratulations to Canada and Ecuador! In June, both joined the growing ranks of countries that have concluded that holding cetaceans in captivity is an archaic practice that has no place in the 21st century! Click link in bio for more information. . . . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #animals #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #wildlifeconservation #whales #ocean #dolphins #orcas #belugas #marinelife #captivity #canada #equador #whales #emptythetanks
Thanks to Congressman Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer ) for leading a bipartisan letter signed by 30 members of Congress to the Department of Interior concerning the Bureau of Land Management’s troubling “ovariectomy via colpotomy” experiments using federally protected wild horses. The lawmakers outline the numerous legal, ethical, and welfare concerns with the misguided research project that aims to quantify the risks and complications from removing the ovaries of wild horses in nonsterile conditions: http://bit.ly/2x97V5f. (link in bio) . 📷 Photo by: Paul Gorbould . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #instachange #naturelovers #animals #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #wildlifeig #wildlifeprotection #wild #horses #horse #wildhorses #wildhorse #savehorses #horselove #instahorse #equine #equinelove #horselover #equestrian #blm #landmanagement #congress
Poaching has had a devastating impact on many species, and there is no time to waste in addressing this crisis. Ask your US representative to cosponsor the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act: http://bit.ly/Fight-Poaching. (link in bio) . 📷 Photo by: Phōs Graphé . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #actnow #takeaction #speakupforanimals #dosomething #advocacy #instachange #naturelovers #animals #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #wildlifeig #wildlifeprotection #wild #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #protectendangeredspecies #stopextinction #poaching #antipoaching #stoppoaching #congress
Testifying before Congress in 1973 regarding the then-newly enacted Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), AWI founder Christine Stevens said, “The act has unquestionably done a very substantial amount of good for marine mammals since it became law October 21, 1972. We hope that it will become progressively even better as enforcement procedures are developed.” On World Oceans Day, help us continue Christine’s legacy of advocating for stringent enforcement of the MMPA by asking your members of Congress to support this landmark conservation law and help protect the species that call the ocean home. http://bit.ly/MMPA-AWI (link in bio) . 📷 Photo by: Réunion Underwater Photography . #animalwelfareinstitute #animalwelfare #avoiceforanimals #naturelovers #animals #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #wildlifeconservation #marineconservation #ocean #lovetheocean #savetheocean #protectwhatyoulove #saveouroceans #oceansmatter #extinctionisforever #sharks #orca #whales #dolphins #marinelife #mmpa #defendmarinemammals #togetherwecan 🌊 #worldoceansday
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