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Ringling draws protests in New York

Published 03/20/08

Animal rights groups protested outside Madison Square Garden Tuesday, saying conditions for circus animals are inhumane. The rally's organizers are calling on the City Council to pass a bill banning the use of "wild and exotic animals" for "public amusement." The legislation has 22 sponsors. "I think it's an entire misrepresentation of the truth," said the show's producer, Nicole Feld, whose family has owned the Ringling Bros. Circus for three generations. "Our animals are absolutely precious to us and are part of the Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey family."

Elephants on 34th Street: Must Be Circus Time
Benjamin Sarlin
New York Sun

San Francisco Zoo to be rescue center?

Published 03/19/08

San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to send a proposal to the Board of Supervisors to convert the San Francisco Zoo to an animal rescue center. The commission, an advisory council to the board on animal-related issues, wants the supervisors to hold hearings on animal welfare at the zoo, including the idea of making the facility into a sanctuary for exotic species owned privately and kept in inhumane conditions.

Commission wants S.F. Zoo to be rescue center
Heather Knight
San Francisco Chronicle

Chimpanzees should not be dressed up as humans

Published 03/18/08

A leading scientific organization has been reprimanded by top conservation biologists for depicting chimpanzees as "frivolous subhuman." A recent promotional campaign by the American Association for the Advancement of Science used chimpanzees dressed in hats while reading the association's journal Science, one of the world's top research publications.

Chimp depiction angers famed scientist Goodall
Margaret Munro
Canada.com

Elephant poaching on the rise

Published 03/17/08

The fight to protect Africa's elephants has just got more dangerous. Across the continent, armed groups linked to civil wars and conflicts are using the illegal ivory trade to fund their activities.

Warlords turn to ivory trade to fund slaughter of humans
Belfast Telegraph

Macaque moves to Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

Published 03/14/08

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary welcomed its newest member, an 11-year-old macaque named Ferguson, to its family of monkeys early March. Ferguson came from the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a sanctuary in Galt. PAWS originally rescued him after he was found locked in a crate, abandoned by his owner.

Folsom Zoo adds a new monkey
Mary Chou
Folsom Telegraph

"A powerhouse organization for global wildlife conservation"

Published 03/13/08

Nestled among a quiet residential neighborhood on S Street, the Animal Protection Institute has provided four decades of authoritative leadership lobbying for improved protection for animals, particularly the treatment of circus animals and exotic pets. As forward-thinking organizations do, API and Born Free USA began working together on wildlife conservation issues and merged in November 2007.

Keeping wildlife in the wild
Jennifer Davidson
Sacramento News & Review

Is the prohibition of trade saving wildlife, or endangering it?

Published 03/12/08

In 1989 CITES agreed to ban trade in ivory. Last year CITES, which now has 172 member countries, extended this ban for a further nine years. But some scientists think poaching may be as prevalent as it was before the original ban.

Call of the wild
The Economist

No medical basis for the decision to euthanize Chico

Published 03/11/08

The Spokane Regional Health District has euthanized Chico, a pet monkey that escaped from its owner's South Hill home and bit three people last week. Chico was euthanized after the health district rejected an offer from Dr. Ned Buyukmichi, the resident doctor at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in southwest Texas, to pay for expensive rabies shots for the three victims bitten by Chico last week, and to provide a permanent home for Chico and supply transport for the primate. However, Dr. Buyukmichi said that when he made this offer to health officials in Spokane it was roundly rejected as "not an option."

Health District euthanizes Chico
KXLY.com

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