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
The Huffington Post
Lions and tigers seized from dangerous “conservation” organization relocated to accredited sanctuaries
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
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
Marco Island Sun Times
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
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
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
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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
Sacramento News & Review
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
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
Denver Post Opinion
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
Des Moines Register
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
Portland Press Herald
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
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!
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
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
Bangor Daily News
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
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
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
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 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
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'
No Circus in Deerfield
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
Anchorage Daily News
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
Hollister Free Lance
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
Minnesota Public Radio
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.
The Columbus Dispatch
"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
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
The Oakland Press
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
Toledo Free Press
Madison [NH] man charged in heat-induced death of dog
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
Coyotes in park dog attack had been fed by humans
San Francisco Chronicle
A study by the National Research Council, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, has determined that toxicity testing on animals is inadequate and recommends changes “that will generate better data on the potential risks humans face from environmental agents, building a stronger scientific foundation ... and reducing the time, money, and animals needed for testing.”
Press release from The National Academies
API is quoted in this article about the death of a young zoo elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Activists have long been pressuring the zoo to send its elephants to sanctuary, citing space (less than one acre for four elephants), care (bullhook use), and climate (well, it’s Seattle).
Kathy Mulady and Debera Carlton Harrell
In-depth investigation by Cincinnati ABC affiliate, WCPO, into the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets. API is sponsoring legislation in Ohio to ban the private ownership of dangerous wild animals.
WHDH, NBC Boston
Cronkite News Service
I am an elephant. Do you think I was born to be chained to a stake, when my spirit cries to cross vast savannas? Do you think I was made to be pushed into cramped circus railway cars, to be hauled around the country like furniture?
Philadelphia Daily News
CBS 5, San Francisco, explores the pet recall issue and what’s really in pet food — including how small pet-supply business are being affected. If you haven’t already read API’s “What’s Really in Pet Food” report, be sure to do it now!
KPIX, CBS San Francisco
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!
The Desert Sun
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.
America's top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat.
The outcome of this year’s “Safari Club International convention”? Apparently, shooting animals with cameras is much more popular in Africa than shooting them with guns so hunters are examining other popular alternatives. Like Mongolia!
The New York Times
The New York Times examines the rapidly rising popularity of vegan and cruelty-free fashion. We always knew we were ahead of our time! Wasn’t it Gandhi who once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”?
Ruth La Ferla
The New York Times [Requires free registration to read online.]
Bangor Daily News
Proposal would affect all 25 member nations and highlights a major loophole in the U.S. ban. Products under $150 are not required to be labeled so consumers can not determine whether fur is real or fake, or what animal it came from.
Steven Ross Johnson
At one time, 100,000+ tigers ranged wild in the world, from Siberia to India. But not now. Today, the number is more like 5,000 and a recent surprising discovery suggests that time is running out for these tigers as well. 60 MINUTES traveled to India to visit the animals in their natural habitat and find out first hand what’s driving wild tigers to extinction. Scott Pelley’s rare up-close-and-personal look at this magnificent beast can be seen on this week’s 60 MINUTES (Sunday, November 19, 7:00pm ET/PT on CBS).