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Connecticut agency unknowing contributor to chimpanzee attack tragedy

Published 02/20/09

The CT Department of Environmental Protection allowed a Stamford couple to keep a 200-pound chimpanzee without a permit, despite a 2004 state law that required they apply for and obtain the necessary approvals from the agency. On Monday, Travis, a 14-year-old chimpanzee, savagely attacked a family friend, who remained in critical condition Tuesday in Stamford Hospital. A DEP spokesman said the agency granted the couple a special exemption, noting that the DEP "had no compelling evidence there was a public safety risk," he said. "We had no reports there were issues." Born Free USA, a national nonprofit animal advocacy group, in a statement Tuesday, noted that Travis made headlines in 2003 for briefly escaping from his owners in downtown Stamford. Born Free Senior Vice President Nicole Paquette called on Gov. M. Jodi Rell to ban the keeping of primates as pets in Connecticut.

DEP let couple keep chimp without required permit
Brian Lockhart
The Stamford Advocate

"Pet" chimp raises many questions amid tragedy

Published 02/17/09

In the wake of a brutal attack by a pet chimpanzee on a Connecticut woman, people are asking what went wrong. But that, a wildlife expert says, is the wrong question. “What we should examine is, ‘Should people be keeping chimpanzees at home?’” wildlife biologist and Animal Planet TV host Jeff Corwin told Today’s Matt Lauer Tuesday.

Experts try to explain pet chimp’s rampage
Mike Celizic
MSNBC


Ducking out of the Ringling Trial

Published 02/06/09

Kenneth Feld, the sole owner of Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus did not appear in U.S Federal Court today. Buying his way out of trouble is a way of life for Ken Feld, but this time, he just may be trapped. These animal rights people are not clowning around!

Reckoning at Ringling Bros.
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

CNN: Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse

Published 02/04/09


Ringling Trial Begins

Published 02/04/09

A federal judge began hearing a lawsuit alleging the abuse of circus elephants, including the use of heavy chains, tethers and sharp tools called bullhooks.

Learn more about the trial at www.bornfreeusa.org/ringling.

Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse
Paul Courson
CNN

The Huffington Post: Reckoning at Ringling Bros.

Published 02/04/09

We Are There as the Elephants Get Their Day in Court

Published 02/03/09

Ringling Trial Updates Our suit against Ringling for mistreatment of its elephants is finally underway in Washington, DC, before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Our own Nicole G. Paquette, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Born Free USA united with API, is a witness at the trial. Visit the trial press page to get the latest on this historical trial now.

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Contra Costa Times: Ringling Brothers Circus on trial for elephant abuse

Published 02/03/09

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