API is pleased to report that our efforts to end the cruel practice of pound seizure have met with success in Sacramento County, California!
As our members know, A Life Sentence, the Animal Protection Institute’s 2006 investigation into the private ownership of exotic animals, has provided disturbing insight into the keeping of these animals as “pets.”
Recently, a long battle to protect wolves came to an end — with wolves as the winners, at least temporarily.
Despite the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s repeated attempts to reduce federal protections for gray wolves throughout the country, API and other wildlife advocates have won significant victories in the courts to ensure continued protections for the species.
On November 17, 2005, to the delight of animal advocates, the European Parliament rejected a proposed European Union (EU) Trapping Directive.
The Directive — which was opposed by groups such as the Fur Free Alliance, of which API is a member — would have codified into EU law standards for testing animal traps.
If accepted, the Directive would have done animals more harm than good by sanctioning standards that lack scientific merit and by legitimizing and entrenching the use of leghold and other cruel, body-gripping traps.
Government agents opened fire on the nesting birds. The birds panicked. Normally one or the other, if not both, parents would attend the nest, but with bullets slamming into some, others were forced to flee from what was, ironically, a bird sanctuary. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources had turned the “sanctuary” into a slaughterhouse.
Every year billions of animals are raised and killed for human consumption. On today’s high-production farms, animals are crammed into tiny cages or crowded pens, unable to express natural behaviors, see sunlight, or even breathe fresh air. Farm animals undergo painful mutilations and surgical procedures performed without anesthetic that would be illegal if performed on cats or dogs. In fact, 30 U.S. states have enacted laws that specifically exempt farm animals from certain parts of their anti-cruelty statutes. Thereby certain acts, no matter how cruel, are outside the realm of legal protection as long as the acts are deemed accepted, common, customary, or normal farming practices.
All of us at API would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the great companies that joined the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) in 2005.
These companies have made the commitment to end animal testing by agreeing to abide by the most stringent Standard out there — the one ensuring that no animal testing is part of a company’s manufacturing process now, or ever!
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