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Going veggie is the most effective way to ‘go green’

Published 10/02/07

A kilogram of beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on back home, says a Japanese study assessing the effects of beef production on global warming, water acidification and eutrophication, and energy consumption. Quoted in the news story is Su Taylor of the Vegetarian Society in the UK, who says, “Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints. But one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat.” The Animal Protection Institute is included in the story’s Related Links.

Meat is murder on the environment
“Living Green”
News10

Judge says Maine appears to be violating ESA

Published 10/01/07

A federal judge told attorneys for the state Friday that Maine appears to be violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping that could harm Canada lynx. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock did not make a ruling on whether the state can be held liable whenever one of the federally protected wildcats is caught inadvertently in traps set for other animals. But the judge made clear that he believes the state has an uphill battle in the lawsuit filed by the Animal Protection Institute. If successful, the suit could dramatically affect — or even bring to a halt — trapping throughout much of central and northern Maine.

Judge says state could be liable for lynx trappings
Kevin Miller
Bangor Daily News

Wild animals killed to stock university natural history museum

Published 09/27/07

The Humane Society of the United States has asked California State University trustees to investigate how many animals were killed to stock a proposed natural history museum at Sacramento State. In 2004 and 2006, the president of California State University, Sacramento, wrote to Tanzania’s director of wildlife seeking permission for two potential donors (an auto dealer and his wife) to hunt 84 different species (a number of them endangered) for a now-abandoned natural history museum. The auto dealer has stated that he and his wife killed a few dozen of the animals listed in the letters during two hunting trips to Tanzania.

Probe hunts, trustees urged
Humane Society decries killing of proposed CSUS museum specimens
Carrie Peyton Dahlberg
Sacramento Bee

Florida should ban the import and sale of exotic pets

Published 09/26/07

A reader’s response to a Florida newspaper article on an escaped monitor lizard calls for state legislation to ban the import and sale of exotic “pets.” She says, “Raising animals in captivity does not make them tame. These are not domesticated animals; they are wild animals who belong in their natural habitat. Wild animals in captivity represent a public-safety risk, a health risk and a welfare concern for the animals.” Her sentiments are wholly consistent with API’s Exotic “Pets” campaign.

No room for exotics
Heather Carpenter
Orlando Sentinel

Minneapolis council rejects circus ban

Published 09/25/07

The Minneapolis City Council has decided against banning wild animal circuses from the city. During last Friday’s city council meeting, members decided to put more regulations and supervision on the circuses and will send the topic back to committee for further study before anything will change. Once the committee drafts new legislation, the city council will consider increased regulations, but for now, nothing changes.

Minneapolis council rejects circus ban
KARE 11 TV
Minneapolis - St. Paul

Animal-free circus impresses local festival audiences and organizers

Published 09/24/07

The Peru Circus, a youth program for Miami County (Indiana) residents ages 7 to 21, wowed audiences this weekend during the Chesterfield Days festival. “It was the first time we had a circus, but it’ll be here every year from now on,” said a festival organizer. The 200-member circus has only three paid employees, operating almost completely by volunteers. The circus is also animal-free.

Circus leaves impression on Chesterfield
The Herald Tribune

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

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