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New Emergency Regulations Will Minimize Chance Dogs Will Be Caught in Traps

Published 09/21/07

New York State has issued emergency regulations that tighten the guidelines for body-gripping traps, minimizing “the chance that dogs will inadvertently be caught in these traps, while maintaining their effectiveness in catching targeted animals.” Opponents to a ban have argued that the so-called “havahart” traps — which cage the animals — are too difficult to transport to be economically viable, and can cause injury (broken teeth, broken limbs) to animals attempting to escape from them.

New York Looks at Trapping Laws
Northender.com

Protestors Urge Deerfield Residents to “Skip The Circus”

Published 09/20/07

When the Kelly Miller Circus arrived in the village of Deerfield, IL, local protesters encouraged everyone to skip the circus. Besides stressing in detail the abuse suffered by animal performers, protesters raised another safety concern, citing on their website an incident last summer where an employee of the circus was convicted of rape charges involving a 14-year-old girl who attended a Kelly Miller Circus performance in New York. Deerfield therefore amended Kelly Miller’s circus permit to include a background check on all employees who would be spending the night. After learning this, the Kelly Miller Circus informed the village that it would pack up after the last show and move on.

Protestors Urge Deerfield To 'Skip The Circus'
Katie McCall
cbs2chicago.com

No Circus in Deerfield
www.skipthecircus.com

Alaska Zoo's only elephant to be released to sanctuary

Published 09/18/07

Maggie, the sole elephant resident of the Alaska Zoo, is at last headed for the PAWS sanctuary in California. Animal rights groups, including API, had been actively campaigning for a better life for Maggie who, besides being alone since her companion died in 1997, has suffered ill health: twice this last May fire crews had to lift her to her feet.

Maggie's bound for California elephant refuge
James Halpin
Anchorage Daily News

Program to Trap, Kill Animals Starts Again

Published 09/17/07

After a five-year hiatus, a San Benito County Wildlife Services program to trap and kill coyotes, feral pigs, and other animals that encroach on local farms and urban lands is active again. API organized a campaign that convinced the County Board of Supervisors to cancel the program in 2002, but in June 2007 the supervisors voted to bring it back.

Program to Trap, Kill Animals Starts Again
Anthony Ha
Hollister Free Lance

Minneapolis may become ringleader in circus animal protection

Published 09/14/07

The Minneapolis City Council takes up an issue not usually on its agenda — the safety of circus animals. API is mentioned in this piece describing the differences between the two sides in this fight to protect animals from abuse inherent in the circus.

Minneapolis may become ringleader in circus animal protection
Brandt Williams
Minnesota Public Radio

Some Ohio factory farms avoid government oversight

Published 09/12/07

While the number of factory farms continues to expand in Ohio, large farms are increasingly being developed just below the size that triggers oversight by the Agriculture Department.

Megafarms multiplying
Monique Curet
The Columbus Dispatch

Get Interactive for Animals

Published 09/11/07

MySpace users can help us spread the word about important animal issues by adding ban bullhooks, cow hugger, and National Bird Day to their Friends list.

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Minneapolis can and should prohibit animal circuses

Published 09/11/07

"An amendment calling for stronger oversight is not enough, and the arguments for it are insufficient," say two members of the Minneapolis City Council, rebutting a previous argument against a proposed city ordinance to ban wild animals in circuses.

The city can and should prohibit animal circuses
Ralph Remington and Cam Gordon
Star Tribune

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