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