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Maggie the elephant at last leaves the Alaska Zoo

Published 11/02/07

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
Associated Press
San Jose Mercury News

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Air Force gives Alaska’s only elephant a lift to warmer climes
Associated Press
Boston Herald

Air Force agrees to move elephant on C-17
Bruce Rolfsen
Air Force Times

Alaskan elephant finds her place in the sun
Dan Glaister
The Guardian

Why zoos fail at species conservation

Published 10/31/07

You can no more save a species by breeding it in a zoo than you can by retrieving DNA from a museum specimen, or implanting embryos of wild cattle species into domestic cattle. A mammoth recovered from DNA (if it can be) is no longer a mammoth, a tiger bred in a zoo is no longer a tiger.

Rattling the cages
David Horton
The Huffington Post

Circus elephants help spread drug-resistant TB

Published 10/30/07

All the evidence indicates that for the last 14 years TB positive and TB infected elephants have been traveling the country and performing in closed arenas full of little kids holding cotton candy and squealing with delight. People with compromised immune systems and the elderly are circus patrons. It's a family tradition in some homes to go to the circus when it's in town.

Idiocracy: Why the Media Is Not Protecting the People
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

Lions and tigers seized from dangerous “conservation” organization relocated to accredited sanctuaries

Published 10/24/07

The Siberian Tiger Conservation Association, an Ohio “sanctuary” exposed in 2006 by investigations by API and ABC News 20/20, has gone out of business. The owner of the facility, Diana McCourt, had been operating the facility in violation of USDA regulations and federal law and was recently evicted from the property. She left behind two lions and four tigers, which are now being relocated to accredited sanctuaries where they, and the public, will never be put in danger again.

Animal Groups Rescue Abandoned Lions and Tigers From Ohio Woman
PRNewswire-USNewswire

Why people shouldn’t have exotic “pets”

Published 10/23/07

Residents of Florida’s Isles of Capri face the consequences of a former exotic “pet” released to the wild. Feral iguanas, a species classified as “threatened,” not only eat native flowering plants and fruits, they also burrow next to seawalls to lay their young, causing damage and destruction to the retaining walls. And because they prefer to defecate in or around water, iguanas have been known to take uninvited swims in private and community swimming pools.

Iguanas visit Capri
Ann Hall
Marco Island Sun Times

Ringling fights proposed Massachusetts bullhook ban

Published 10/22/07

Some Beacon Hill lawmakers say they want to protect elephants from mistreatment. Circus officials contend the characterizations are misguided and passage of such a law would mean the "Greatest Show on Earth" would no longer travel to Massachusetts.

Elephant safety bill vs. the circus
BostonNOW

Wichita City Council stands firm on its exotic pet ban

Published 10/17/07

The exotic pet boom in recent years is not a healthy trend. Exotic animals can be cute when they're babies, but they can be a handful once full grown. Many exotic pet owners get in over their heads and aren't equipped to care for these often demanding critters. The animals suffer. "These are wild animals and they need to be in zoos or out in the wild," said Kay Johnson, head of environmental services for the city.

Draw the line on wild pets in city
Randy Scholfield
Wichita Eagle

Prohibit private individuals from importing, trafficking or possessing wild animals

Published 10/16/07

Florida citizens deserve to know what dangerous exotic animals are lurking in their neighborhoods. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently taking public comment on the issue of captive exotic wildlife. The best way to protect the public and animals is to prohibit private individuals from importing, trafficking or possessing wild animals.

Got a tiger living next-door? State says you don't need to know
Jennifer Hobgood
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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