"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).
New York Times Magazine
Minnesota Public Radio
Nicole Paquette, API’s Director of Legal and Government Affairs, and Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, discuss the issue of forcing exotic animals to perform for entertainment and nationwide legislation to protect animals such as elephants from the abuse inherent to the circus.
KXJZ, Capital Public Radio, “Insight”
WCBS, CBS News, Chicago
Sacramento County was the last in California to allow the practice of “pound seizure” — allowing the sale of animals from the county shelter to research facilities. Last night, the Board of Supervisors voted to end the practice after more than twenty years of protest from animal groups, including the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights and API.
Scott Jenkins and Kathy Chaffin
In April 2006, API filed a notice of intent to sue the state of Minnesota to stop endangered species including lynx, wolves, and bald eagles from being killed by cruel and indiscriminate traps. A new study backs up API’s assertions and documents an almost 50% death rate for Minnesota’s known lynx population.
Duluth News Tribune
Cleveland Plain Dealer
On the heels of API’s controversial California Elephant Protection Act and last weekend’s death of Gita, the high-profile L.A. Zoo elephant, ABC World News Tonight explores the issue of captive elephants in zoos.
ABC World News Tonight
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Every year, the federal government uses million of taxpayer dollars to slaughter tens of thousands of innocent wild animals in the name of livestock protection. But when about one-fifth of one percent of cattle deaths are caused by predation, the numbers simply just don’t add up.
The New Standard
While zoos are making proactive changes and states like California and Nebraska are examining legislative action Seattle, known for its progressive nature, continues to leave the public shut out of the discussion about proper care for captive elephants — especially “problem” elephants.
Animal-rights groups, including API, have filed suit against Ringling, citing violations of the Endangered Species Act. It is the first time that the federal law, normally used to protect endangered species in the wild, is being used as an argument to protect captive elephants.
Day to Day, NPR/National Public Radio
Philadelphia Daily News
API’s letter of intent to sue Maine government officials for violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing indiscriminate traps in areas where Canada lynx, bald eagles, and gray wolves live is causing a stir.
Bangor Daily News
This report covers the issues facing the state and federal agencies who oversee the ownership of dangerous exotic animals in California. As API’s recent investigation revealed this is a nationwide issue critical to the welfare and safety of such animals and the people who come into contact with them.
This consumer report covers the issues with cruelty-free labels on cosmetics and features Michelle Thew, CEO of API. If you want to know if your cosmetics and personal care products truly are not tested on animals, visit www.compassionateconsumer.org.
KPIX, CBS 5, San Francisco
U.S. taxpayers have long complained about footing the bill for killing predatory wildlife for the benefit of livestock ranchers. Results from a new study assert it’s not predators impacting falling livestock numbers, it’s market demand.
National Geographic News
A new UN report says humans “are currently responsible for the sixth major extinction event in the history of earth, and the greatest since the dinosaurs disappeared, 65 million years ago.” Report demands changes by 2010 to stop the growing extinction rate of plants and animals.
Animal activists and many scientists say it's bad science to apply the results of tests on one species to another species. A mouse is not a dog is not a cat is not a human. Now, six men in England are hospitalized due to false results from drug tested on rats.