From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 1, Spring 2009
Excruciating pain. Lost limbs. Even death. These are the results of trapping ... not only for the wild animals whose furs are stripped from their bodies, but also for family dogs and cats and even endangered species who are “incidentally” caught in the remorseless jaws of leghold traps, Conibear traps, or snares (cable nooses).
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.
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.”
What's a better purchase than an adorable new friend from a pet store? Just about anything! In many people's minds, pet shops are fun places, full of adorable animals romping and playing while patiently awaiting their "forever home."
On a cold winter day in Belleville, Wisconsin, Peter Westenberger decided to take his long-haired Jack Russell terrier, Olie, for a walk. Little did Westenberger know what horrors lay in store.
Is it a good idea to take your companion animal on vacation with you?
Is taking your companion animal along best for your companion animal, or best for you? At home your companion animal has all of his/her favorite toys, sleeping spots, and perhaps the run of the backyard all day. Will he/she accept being cooped up in a car for several days?