“Keep Wildlife in the Wild” is more than just a slogan. It’s the bedrock philosophy of Born Free USA and our colleagues at the UK-based Born Free Foundation. Together, the global Born Free family works tirelessly to save animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.
From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 1, Spring 2008
On Christmas Day 2007, a 4-year-old Siberian tiger called Tatiana escaped her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, fatally mauling 17-year-old Carlos Sousa, Jr. and injuring two other men, brothers Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal. The story instantly made international headlines and commentators from all backgrounds took to the airwaves to offer hypotheses of how such a dreadful tragedy could have occurred.
From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 4, Winter 2007
The Animal Protection Institute has never been afraid to do the right thing when it comes to helping animals. Fighting animal cruelty, suffering, and neglect, requires courage and vision.
In this issue we announce probably the most visionary step in our history. In a move that redefines the animal protection movement, API has joined forces with Born Free USA to become Born Free USA.
In addition to working toward federal legislation to limit transport times, API worked to educate grocery retailers about the cruelty of long-distance transport by sending information packets complete with a DVD of our groundbreaking investigation and a survey on long-distance transport. The survey included questions on how far animals used in meat products sold in their store traveled from farm to slaughter or from farm to feedlot, and whether consumers were provided with information such as store signage to make an informed choice when purchasing meat products.
Our nation is in a pet overpopulation crisis. Three to four million cats and dogs nationwide are euthanized each year at our animal shelters. This sobering number should act as a wake-up call for all of us to take action to decrease this horrifying statistic. API took this to heart and joined a coalition effort in our own backyard to end the pet overpopulation problem in the Sacramento region.
Martin Buber, the great philosopher, translator, and educator, said, “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” In California, if we could translate that language, what we would all too often see in the eyes of pet store animals is pain and suffering.
API has received many complaints from people who bought animals at pet stores and then, heartbroken, find that the animals are ill, sometimes even near death. These complaints spurred API to conduct an undercover investigation of 64 pet stores in four key California cities.
Another circus season has come to a close, but this does not mean that the elephants and other animals get a break. The time they have off from the road will be spent learning new tricks for the 2007 season. For the elephants, this means they will be forced to learn the new routine through force and intimidation at the hand of a bullhook.
API wants to reduce human-coyote conflicts and the number of coyotes killed as a result.
Our Coexisting with Coyotes program helps communities develop ways for individuals, neighborhoods, local agencies, and public officials to work together in developing and implementing long-term coexistence plans. We emphasize the role people play in causing conflicts with coyotes (and other urban wild animals), and how they can reduce those conflicts.