Animal welfare groups have long accused the Ringling Brother and Barnum & Bailey Circus of animal cruelty and court records show the circus has played rough in response. It spent millions of dollars on a 10-year espionage campaign which infiltrated and spied on animal organizations and activists. The man in charge was previously the head of Covert Operations for the CIA. The groups hope to have the last word when they haul Ringling Brothers into federal court this October with a lawsuit alleging the circus is cruel to its endangered Asian Elephants. The Animal Protection Institute is one of the plaintiffs in that suit.
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Circus Lawsuit Moves Forward
CBS 8 Las Vegas Now Eyewitness News
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The Christmas tragedy that led to the death of Carlos Sousa Jr. and the tigress, Tatiana, is still fresh in people's memories. However, these should not deflect us from addressing the wider issue, namely should there be animals in zoos; I believe it is time for change.
Time to re-create our zoo
Letter to the Editor
CEO, Born Free USA
... Zibby Wilder, spokeswoman for Seattle-based Born Free USA, which published a report on pet food ingredients, said no one really knows what goes into a pet food using "meat byproducts" because the rendering plants are so secretive. ...
Daily Business Review
San Francisco's embattled zoo director announced his resignation Friday, nearly six months after a tiger mauled a San Jose teenager to death at the zoo. Manuel A. Mollinedo's sudden retirement comes after months of criticism over the San Francisco Zoo's role in the sensational Christmas day mauling that also injured two San Jose brothers and led to dual legal claims against the zoo and the City of San Francisco, which owns the zoo. Born Free USA united with API has decried safety issues even at AZA-accredited zoos.
San Francisco Zoo director resigns
San Jose Mercury News
Wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation says zoos spend a disproportionately small amount on conservation. It commissioned an independent poll in 2006 to ask the public how much of a zoo's turnover they thought was dedicated to conservation. The survey found most people assumed between a quarter to 40 per cent was dedicated to conservation when, in reality, Born Free says even the better zoos – of which the charity concedes Edinburgh Zoo is one – only commit five or six per cent. Born Free's chief executive Will Travers says he would like to know how much money the zoo puts into its much-publicised sponsorship of the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda.
Are zoos really wild about conservation?
Last month, we told you about a great new book, Gorgeously Green, written by longtime friend to Born Free, Sophie Uliano.
Visitors to the L.A. Zoo had to evacuate Saturday after an animal escaped its enclosure. Officials at the zoo said an orangutan named Bruno got out of its cage in the afternoon, but did not leave the area around its enclosure. Bruno is 29 years old, 300 pounds, and is one of six orangutans at the zoo. Born Free USA united with API keeps a log of exhibited animal incidents, which are more common than one might expect.
Orangutan escapes enclosure at L.A. Zoo
KABC-TV Channel 7 Los Angeles