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Circus elephants help spread drug-resistant TB

Published 10/30/07

All the evidence indicates that for the last 14 years TB positive and TB infected elephants have been traveling the country and performing in closed arenas full of little kids holding cotton candy and squealing with delight. People with compromised immune systems and the elderly are circus patrons. It's a family tradition in some homes to go to the circus when it's in town.

Idiocracy: Why the Media Is Not Protecting the People
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

Lions and tigers seized from dangerous “conservation” organization relocated to accredited sanctuaries

Published 10/24/07

The Siberian Tiger Conservation Association, an Ohio “sanctuary” exposed in 2006 by investigations by API and ABC News 20/20, has gone out of business. The owner of the facility, Diana McCourt, had been operating the facility in violation of USDA regulations and federal law and was recently evicted from the property. She left behind two lions and four tigers, which are now being relocated to accredited sanctuaries where they, and the public, will never be put in danger again.

Animal Groups Rescue Abandoned Lions and Tigers From Ohio Woman
PRNewswire-USNewswire

Why people shouldn’t have exotic “pets”

Published 10/23/07

Residents of Florida’s Isles of Capri face the consequences of a former exotic “pet” released to the wild. Feral iguanas, a species classified as “threatened,” not only eat native flowering plants and fruits, they also burrow next to seawalls to lay their young, causing damage and destruction to the retaining walls. And because they prefer to defecate in or around water, iguanas have been known to take uninvited swims in private and community swimming pools.

Iguanas visit Capri
Ann Hall
Marco Island Sun Times

Ringling fights proposed Massachusetts bullhook ban

Published 10/22/07

Some Beacon Hill lawmakers say they want to protect elephants from mistreatment. Circus officials contend the characterizations are misguided and passage of such a law would mean the "Greatest Show on Earth" would no longer travel to Massachusetts.

Elephant safety bill vs. the circus
BostonNOW

Wichita City Council stands firm on its exotic pet ban

Published 10/17/07

The exotic pet boom in recent years is not a healthy trend. Exotic animals can be cute when they're babies, but they can be a handful once full grown. Many exotic pet owners get in over their heads and aren't equipped to care for these often demanding critters. The animals suffer. "These are wild animals and they need to be in zoos or out in the wild," said Kay Johnson, head of environmental services for the city.

Draw the line on wild pets in city
Randy Scholfield
Wichita Eagle

Prohibit private individuals from importing, trafficking or possessing wild animals

Published 10/16/07

Florida citizens deserve to know what dangerous exotic animals are lurking in their neighborhoods. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently taking public comment on the issue of captive exotic wildlife. The best way to protect the public and animals is to prohibit private individuals from importing, trafficking or possessing wild animals.

Got a tiger living next-door? State says you don't need to know
Jennifer Hobgood
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Shell of an Elephant

Published 10/12/07

When someone says they see an elephant in America, “They don’t really see what they are. You see the shell of an elephant. You are not seeing an elephant.” Life in the wild for elephants is contrasted with the misery of life in the circus in this story, which also discusses the Animal Protection Institute’s lawsuit against Ringling for violations of the Endangered Species Act for its treatment of elephants.

Life of a Circus Elephant
Jennifer Davidson
Sacramento News & Review

Maine implements trapping changes after API wins lawsuit

Published 10/11/07

Commissioner Roland D. Martin announced that two changes to Maine's trapping regulations were unanimously approved by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The changes in rule were the result of a settlement in a lawsuit between the department and the Animal Protection Institute concerning the trapping of lynx.

DIF&W sets new trapping rules
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Sickened by Ringling’s insistence in using wild animals

Published 10/10/07

A Letter to the Editor emphasizes that "elephants, lions, tigers, and other animals that cannot be domesticated should never be forced to endure the lives that these circus animals must endure. Please take your kids to an animal-free, cruelty-free circus instead."

Circus animal abuse
Christie Greene
Denver Post Opinion

A “pet” bear returns to the wild

Published 10/09/07

Faced with rising costs of maintaining his animal, the caretaker of a 5-year-old black bear releases his “pet” to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

Ben the bear finds a home, and now everybody's happy
Marc Hansen
Des Moines Register

Maine settles API lawsuit by agreeing to restrict trapping

Published 10/05/07

The state has agreed to restrict trapping in northern Maine to protect Canada lynx. The commissioner of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife signed a consent decree Thursday to settle a lawsuit by the Animal Protection Institute that claimed the agency is liable for lynx that accidentally get injured or killed by traps set for other animals.

Trapping restricted to protect Canada lynx
John Richardson
Portland Press Herald

Protest targets largest circus in Switzerland

Published 10/04/07

Protests against circuses that use animals are not confined to the United States, nor just to English-speaking countries. In Switzerland, a peaceful demonstration of 100 people, some dressed as polar bears and clowns, decried the use of animals by the Knie circus after it pitched its big top tent on Lausanne’s waterfront.

Animal activists protest circus
24 heures

Diseased dead animals become “protein meal” for farm-animal feed

Published 10/03/07

All of the dead animals in California are added to the feed of chicken, fish, beef, shrimp, etc., which we humans eat every day. Virtually all of the animals killed in shelters and veterinary clinics, road kill, medical laboratories, feed lots, deceased wildlife, etc., are sent to one company, West Coast Rendering in Vernon, CA, where they are piled up and left to decompose for days before being “rendered” into a saleable product.

Food Poisoning: You Are Eating California’s Dead Pets!
MMDNewswire.com

Going veggie is the most effective way to ‘go green’

Published 10/02/07

A kilogram of beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on back home, says a Japanese study assessing the effects of beef production on global warming, water acidification and eutrophication, and energy consumption. Quoted in the news story is Su Taylor of the Vegetarian Society in the UK, who says, “Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints. But one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat.” The Animal Protection Institute is included in the story’s Related Links.

Meat is murder on the environment
“Living Green”
News10

Judge says Maine appears to be violating ESA

Published 10/01/07

A federal judge told attorneys for the state Friday that Maine appears to be violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping that could harm Canada lynx. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock did not make a ruling on whether the state can be held liable whenever one of the federally protected wildcats is caught inadvertently in traps set for other animals. But the judge made clear that he believes the state has an uphill battle in the lawsuit filed by the Animal Protection Institute. If successful, the suit could dramatically affect — or even bring to a halt — trapping throughout much of central and northern Maine.

Judge says state could be liable for lynx trappings
Kevin Miller
Bangor Daily News

Wild animals killed to stock university natural history museum

Published 09/27/07

The Humane Society of the United States has asked California State University trustees to investigate how many animals were killed to stock a proposed natural history museum at Sacramento State. In 2004 and 2006, the president of California State University, Sacramento, wrote to Tanzania’s director of wildlife seeking permission for two potential donors (an auto dealer and his wife) to hunt 84 different species (a number of them endangered) for a now-abandoned natural history museum. The auto dealer has stated that he and his wife killed a few dozen of the animals listed in the letters during two hunting trips to Tanzania.

Probe hunts, trustees urged
Humane Society decries killing of proposed CSUS museum specimens
Carrie Peyton Dahlberg
Sacramento Bee

Florida should ban the import and sale of exotic pets

Published 09/26/07

A reader’s response to a Florida newspaper article on an escaped monitor lizard calls for state legislation to ban the import and sale of exotic “pets.” She says, “Raising animals in captivity does not make them tame. These are not domesticated animals; they are wild animals who belong in their natural habitat. Wild animals in captivity represent a public-safety risk, a health risk and a welfare concern for the animals.” Her sentiments are wholly consistent with API’s Exotic “Pets” campaign.

No room for exotics
Heather Carpenter
Orlando Sentinel

Minneapolis council rejects circus ban

Published 09/25/07

The Minneapolis City Council has decided against banning wild animal circuses from the city. During last Friday’s city council meeting, members decided to put more regulations and supervision on the circuses and will send the topic back to committee for further study before anything will change. Once the committee drafts new legislation, the city council will consider increased regulations, but for now, nothing changes.

Minneapolis council rejects circus ban
KARE 11 TV
Minneapolis - St. Paul

Animal-free circus impresses local festival audiences and organizers

Published 09/24/07

The Peru Circus, a youth program for Miami County (Indiana) residents ages 7 to 21, wowed audiences this weekend during the Chesterfield Days festival. “It was the first time we had a circus, but it’ll be here every year from now on,” said a festival organizer. The 200-member circus has only three paid employees, operating almost completely by volunteers. The circus is also animal-free.

Circus leaves impression on Chesterfield
The Herald Tribune

New Emergency Regulations Will Minimize Chance Dogs Will Be Caught in Traps

Published 09/21/07

New York State has issued emergency regulations that tighten the guidelines for body-gripping traps, minimizing “the chance that dogs will inadvertently be caught in these traps, while maintaining their effectiveness in catching targeted animals.” Opponents to a ban have argued that the so-called “havahart” traps — which cage the animals — are too difficult to transport to be economically viable, and can cause injury (broken teeth, broken limbs) to animals attempting to escape from them.

New York Looks at Trapping Laws
Northender.com

Protestors Urge Deerfield Residents to “Skip The Circus”

Published 09/20/07

When the Kelly Miller Circus arrived in the village of Deerfield, IL, local protesters encouraged everyone to skip the circus. Besides stressing in detail the abuse suffered by animal performers, protesters raised another safety concern, citing on their website an incident last summer where an employee of the circus was convicted of rape charges involving a 14-year-old girl who attended a Kelly Miller Circus performance in New York. Deerfield therefore amended Kelly Miller’s circus permit to include a background check on all employees who would be spending the night. After learning this, the Kelly Miller Circus informed the village that it would pack up after the last show and move on.

Protestors Urge Deerfield To 'Skip The Circus'
Katie McCall
cbs2chicago.com

No Circus in Deerfield
www.skipthecircus.com

Alaska Zoo's only elephant to be released to sanctuary

Published 09/18/07

Maggie, the sole elephant resident of the Alaska Zoo, is at last headed for the PAWS sanctuary in California. Animal rights groups, including API, had been actively campaigning for a better life for Maggie who, besides being alone since her companion died in 1997, has suffered ill health: twice this last May fire crews had to lift her to her feet.

Maggie's bound for California elephant refuge
James Halpin
Anchorage Daily News

Program to Trap, Kill Animals Starts Again

Published 09/17/07

After a five-year hiatus, a San Benito County Wildlife Services program to trap and kill coyotes, feral pigs, and other animals that encroach on local farms and urban lands is active again. API organized a campaign that convinced the County Board of Supervisors to cancel the program in 2002, but in June 2007 the supervisors voted to bring it back.

Program to Trap, Kill Animals Starts Again
Anthony Ha
Hollister Free Lance

Minneapolis may become ringleader in circus animal protection

Published 09/14/07

The Minneapolis City Council takes up an issue not usually on its agenda — the safety of circus animals. API is mentioned in this piece describing the differences between the two sides in this fight to protect animals from abuse inherent in the circus.

Minneapolis may become ringleader in circus animal protection
Brandt Williams
Minnesota Public Radio

Some Ohio factory farms avoid government oversight

Published 09/12/07

While the number of factory farms continues to expand in Ohio, large farms are increasingly being developed just below the size that triggers oversight by the Agriculture Department.

Megafarms multiplying
Monique Curet
The Columbus Dispatch

Minneapolis can and should prohibit animal circuses

Published 09/11/07

"An amendment calling for stronger oversight is not enough, and the arguments for it are insufficient," say two members of the Minneapolis City Council, rebutting a previous argument against a proposed city ordinance to ban wild animals in circuses.

The city can and should prohibit animal circuses
Ralph Remington and Cam Gordon
Star Tribune

Stricter Control on Exotic “Pets” Needed at the Local Level

Published 09/10/07

A recent editorial in The Oakland Press of Pontiac, Mi, stresses that wild animals of any kind can be dangerous and should be left in their natural environment. Michigan has a partial ban on possessing exotic animals, but that ban does not include reptiles. Needed are stricter ordinances at the community level.

Exotic Pet Ownership Needs to Be Regulated
Editorial
The Oakland Press

My Dog Is Cool AND in the newspapers

Published 08/30/07

API continues to garner media attention as the resource for information on how hot parked cars get in the summertime, and the sometimes fatal damage that heat can do to dogs left inside while the owner steps away “just for a minute.”

You can learn more about how to avoid “hot car” situations and what you can do to keep your best friend cool at www.MyDogIsCool.com.

Dogs at risk if left in cars
Scott McKimmy
Toledo Free Press

Madison [NH] man charged in heat-induced death of dog
Faith Swymer
Union Leader

 

“Coyotes in Our Midst” AND all over the news!

Published 08/01/07

API has been in the media nationwide advising communities and assisting animal control agencies on how to successfully co-exist with coyotes. Click here to find out more about living with coyotes, or to order some of API’s valuable materials (living with coyotes doorhangers, etc.) for distribution in your neighborhood.

Coyotes 1, Chicago 0
Kristen Kridel
Chicago Tribune

Coyotes in park dog attack had been fed by humans
Marisa Lagos
San Francisco Chronicle

API featured on FOX Sacramento story on keeping dogs out of hot cars this summer

Published 06/26/07

U.S. government-commissioned study recommends reducing, even ending, toxicity testing on animals

Published 06/19/07

Young Elephant Dies in Seattle Zoo

Published 06/14/07

Special Investigation: Dangerous Exotic Animals as Pets in Ohio

Published 05/25/07

What's in your pet food

Published 05/23/07

Animals often pay the price when they become exotic pets

Published 05/10/07

I am an Elephant

Published 04/20/07

API’s “What’s Really in Pet Food” report helps guide San Francisco guardians

Published 04/11/07

API on Good Morning America

Published 04/04/07

In case you missed it, API was featured in a story on Good Morning America commenting on the sad story of a coyote who wandered into a downtown Chicago Quizno’s on Tuesday. The clip of the interview is not online but there is a story about the coyote that you can view here. This story is a great reminder that we can successfully co-exist with these resilient creatures and API has all the materials to show you how!

 

Clinic announces food testing for concerned pet owners

Published 03/30/07

Pet Food Recall: What You Can Do to Save Your Animal

Published 03/20/07

The Menu foods pet food recall is all over the news. If you’d like more information on what’s in pet food and why you might want to consider changing the way you feed your special companions, visit Dr. Jean Hofve’s web site. Dr. Hofve is one of the authors of API’s “What’s Really in Pet Food?” report and she’s deeply concerned about what we may have unknowingly been feeding our friends. If you believe your animal was sickened by food from the Menu Foods recall, visit www.petconnection.com to find out how to report it.

Circus Animal Mistreatment Highlighted

Published 03/12/07

Boss Hog

Published 02/01/07

Safari’s I can see, hunters are getting desperate

Published 01/26/07

Strict Vegan Ethics, Frosted With Hedonism

Published 01/25/07

Uncruel Beauty

Published 01/11/07

Ohio lawmaker seeks regulation of dangerous wild, exotic animals

Published 01/02/07

Eagles and lynx in traps fuel API’s ESA suit in Maine

Published 12/12/06

Bald eagle caught in trap in Maine

Published 12/07/06

EU proposes to ban the sale of cat and dog fur

Published 11/21/06

60 Minutes to look at the plight of tigers in the wild

Published 11/17/06

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