News of the fatal mauling by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo has made headlines around the world, igniting a much-needed debate about the future of wild animals in captivity.
API members and supporters were among the 150,000 concerned constituents who told the FDA there was an essential need for a more complete assessment of the public health, animal welfare, and economic impacts of cloning animals for food before the agency makes its final decision. Here’s the latest news.
Consumers May Receive Unwelcome Gift This Holiday Season
American Anti-Vivisection Society press release
A judge orders the return of a confiscated Capuchin monkey kept as a “pet.” Nowhere in this news story is it mentioned that keeping such animals as “pets” is misguided and shows ignorance of the true behavior of monkeys.
No More Monkeying Around
Alaska's favorite expatriate, Maggie the elephant, has her own 10-minute workout video.
Maggie joins California culture with sunshine workouts
Anchorage Daily News
“Do you think that most kids would want to go to the circus if they knew that the elephants were shocked, prodded and punctured with bullhooks in order to make them perform?” writes a woman who protested at a Ringling Bros. circus performance on behalf of API. “I think that if most kids had any idea of what goes on behind the scenes at Ringling Brothers, they would end up in tears, which, in my opinion, is the natural human response to learning about circus’ animal barbarism.”
Free the circus animals
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Weekend Feedback
The international trade in exotic pets such as monkeys, crocodiles and rats must be stopped if human beings are to be protected from global pandemics, a leading microbiologist has cautioned. Online comments on this news story include one from API’s Monica Engebretson.
Booming trade in exotic pets ‘could cause a pandemic’
The Times (London)
Birds of a feather are all flocking to get API’s newly available National Bird Day designs — featuring the work of cartoonist Dan Piraro, creator of the popular, nationally syndicated Bizarro comic.
Dan Piraro has generously loaned two of his works for National Bird Day to help raise awareness of the plight of captive birds.
After living nearly her whole life in Alaska, Maggie the elephant was loaded and locked into a special metal crate Thursday at the Alaska Zoo and transported in a C-17 cargo plane to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Her new home will be the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in San Andreas, where she will have 30 acres to share with nine other elephants.
Maggie the Elephant is making way to new home in Calaveras County
San Jose Mercury News
Other Maggie stories:
Air Force gives Alaska’s only elephant a lift to warmer climes
Air Force agrees to move elephant on C-17
Air Force Times
Alaskan elephant finds her place in the sun