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.
WESH Orlando, NBC
CBS 2/KCAL Los Angeles
KGO San Francisco, ABC
Lincoln Journal Star
Scott Bauer - The Associated Press
Data collected from wild elephant herds may shed light on the evolution of human female sociality.