Nicole Paquette, API’s Director of Legal and Government Affairs, and Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, discuss the issue of forcing exotic animals to perform for entertainment and nationwide legislation to protect animals such as elephants from the abuse inherent to the circus.
KXJZ, Capital Public Radio, “Insight”
WCBS, CBS News, Chicago
Sacramento County was the last in California to allow the practice of “pound seizure” — allowing the sale of animals from the county shelter to research facilities. Last night, the Board of Supervisors voted to end the practice after more than twenty years of protest from animal groups, including the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights and API.
Scott Jenkins and Kathy Chaffin
The class-action suit brought by mink ranchers against five New York brokerages gained momentum last week when one of the defendants agreed to cooperate, stoking a fire that has been smoldering since the Justice Dept. launched its bid-rigging probe two years ago, which has already resulted in one indictment. The latest development in the ranchers’ civil case also touched off speculation that the broker’s cooperation — including the furnishing of information regarding dealings between him and other defendants — would add the necessary fuel to enable the Justice Dept. to proceed with its federal criminal case on an even wider basis, possibly with international ramifications.
When Will NM Recognize Wildlife as More Than “Furbearers”
“Furbearers” is the word the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDG&F) uses for the 17 species of wildlife that are legal to trap, as if all of these diverse animals serve only to provide their skins for human use. There is no suggestion in the word “furbearer” of how essential small predators like bobcats, badgers, weasels, foxes, and coyotes are to the health of the biotic communities of which they are a part. ...
In April 2006, API filed a notice of intent to sue the state of Minnesota to stop endangered species including lynx, wolves, and bald eagles from being killed by cruel and indiscriminate traps. A new study backs up API’s assertions and documents an almost 50% death rate for Minnesota’s known lynx population.
Duluth News Tribune