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Zoochotic: Is Keeping Wild Animals in Captivity Crazy?

From Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 1, Spring 2008

Published 03/31/08
By Adam M. Roberts, Senior Vice President

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.

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On Our 40th Anniversary, an Extraordinary New Chapter Begins

From Animal Issues, Volume 38 Number 4, Winter 2007

Published 12/31/07

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.

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A Life Sentence: Primates as “Pets”

Published 09/30/06
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 37 Number 3, Fall 2006

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.”

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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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Zoos Aren’t Sanctuaries

Published 12/15/04
By Craig Brestrup, Ph.D.
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 4, Winter 2004

API is pleased to bring our readers this Guest Commentary by Craig Brestrup, Ph.D., a Board Member and former Executive Director of TAOS (The Association of Sanctuaries).

The August issue of Communique, the official magazine of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), featured an article entitled “What’s in a Name? Zoo vs. Sanctuary” by Michael Hutchins, Director of the AZA Department of Conservation and Science.

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API, Legislation, and You

Published 12/15/04
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 4, Winter 2004

Not long ago, an animal advocate contacted API for advice. Like many people, the caller was deeply troubled by the mistreatment of animals in circuses, and wanted to take action. She wasn’t exactly sure what she could do, but was considering trying to get her home state to pass a law restricting the use of wild animals in circuses and traveling shows.

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More Beautiful Wild

Published 09/15/04
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 3, Fall 2004

Wild at Heart: Birds in Captivity

“A forest bird never wants a cage.” — Henrik Ibsen, 1828–1906

Even when bred in captivity, exotic birds cannot properly be considered domesticated animals. They are the native species of other countries whose inherent behavioral and physical needs remain intact, even when they lose their freedom.

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What’s Wrong with the Circus?

Published 06/15/04
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 2, Summer 2004

The circus is coming to town! This familiar phrase conjures vivid images of amazing acrobats, capering clowns ... and exotic animals. Unlike the human performers who choose to work in circuses, however, exotic animals are forced to take part in the show. They are involuntary actors in a degrading spectacle, forced into an unnatural life.

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