Across the United States, humans and other animals seem caught in what is literally a vicious circle: As human population and urban sprawl increases, so do conflicts between people and wildlife.
In the course of our everyday lives, we humans encounter other animals in a wide variety of settings and situations. We may view farmed animals in transport trucks on the highways, companion animals in “pet” shops, and captive exotic or wild animals used for entertainment or kept as “pets” in the residences of friends or neighbors. If we are fortunate, we may encounter wild animals when hiking or exploring at wildlife refuges or nature preserves.
It is both convenient and comforting to assume that specially-written laws protect the animals in each of these situations from harm. Unfortunately, however, such an assumption is misguided.
Summer is here! It’s time to hose down the driveway, scrub the picnic table, toss a load of beach towels into the washing machine, and rinse the windows to let the summer sun shine in. While keeping things at home squeaky clean, API asks that you double-check that your household products have not been tested on animals.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.