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Taking Wing

Published 06/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 2, Summer 2005

As API supporters know, thousands of birds are exploited every year in the lucrative exotic “pet” trade. Despite the scale of these animals’ suffering, their plight remains a relatively overlooked one. That’s why API has made captive birds a key component of our “More Beautiful Wild” campaign. Through More Beautiful Wild, we aim to reduce the number wild-caught and captive-bred birds who are exploited in the international and domestic pet trade.

This article provides an update on the very latest activities in our fight to protect wild birds, and to keep them in their rightful place: in the wild.

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Uniting for the Animals

Published 06/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 2, Summer 2005

The Animal Protection Institute is proud to announce the formation of the California Animal Association (CAA), dedicated to represent the interest of animals at the California State Capitol.

CAA is a coalition of 17 local, state, and national animal advocacy groups representing more than 275,000 Californians. API is a founding member of this association and, as is represented on the Board of Directors.

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Taking on the Circus

Published 03/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

As a friend of animals, you probably know a great deal about the cruelty experienced by animals in the circus. But do you know about API’s newest campaign to banish big-top cruelty — and how you can be a part of the coast-to-coast movement to end animal circuses? Read on!

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Committed to Compassion

Published 03/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

As headquarters for the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), API was thrilled to learn about Jean Knight, and her company, White Rabbit Beauty.

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A Life-Saving Deception

Published 03/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

It was a drizzly day in early August 2004. A small but industrious group was gathered on Marsh Hill Road, an unpaved country byway in central Ontario, northeast of the city of Toronto. Now and then, the odd driver who used the road slowed to glance at the unusual sight of about a dozen people, parked cars, a camera crew, and paraphernalia strewn about, including metal mesh, power tools, hammers, wooden posts, and an axe. Those driving by may have seen several men in waders standing in the dark water alongside the road, framed by dense, alder swampland. They probably had little idea that they were witnessing a life-saving operation.

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CITES 2004: A Mixed Picture

Published 03/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

A two-week meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, last October brought some good news — and some bad news — to imperiled animals and plants across the globe.

The meeting was the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES began in response to an international effort that traces back to 1963, came into effect in 1975, and now has over 150 countries as signatories.

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Litigation Update: Trapping Ban Upheld — For Now

Published 03/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

In the latest chapter in a court battle spanning more than six years, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California upheld a 1998 California ballot initiative, Proposition 4, which was adopted to protect wildlife and companion animals from cruel traps and poisons.

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Rabbits Revealed

Published 03/15/05
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 36 Number 1, Spring 2005

In the U.S., rabbits are classic icons of childhood innocence and mischief. Whether it’s the wise-cracking, carrot-munching Bugs Bunny; the treat-delivering Easter Bunny; sweet Thumper from Bambi; the sleepy young rabbit in Goodnight Moon; or Beatrix Potter’s beloved Peter Rabbit and friends, rabbits have long occupied a cherished place in our collective consciousness.

But while we shower adoration on make-believe bunnies, we too often heap terrible abuses on actual ones. A disturbing number of industries — including apparel, cosmetics, wildlife control, and the pet trade — exploit countless rabbits each and every year.

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