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FDA Urged to Respect Will of Congress and Maintain Moratorium on Cloning

Published 12/20/07

API members and supporters were among the 150,000 concerned constituents who told the FDA there was an essential need for a more complete assessment of the public health, animal welfare, and economic impacts of cloning animals for food before the agency makes its final decision. Here’s the latest news.

Consumers May Receive Unwelcome Gift This Holiday Season
American Anti-Vivisection Society press release

Monkey returned to human “Mommy” after 7 months in the zoo

Published 12/11/07

A judge orders the return of a confiscated Capuchin monkey kept as a “pet.” Nowhere in this news story is it mentioned that keeping such animals as “pets” is misguided and shows ignorance of the true behavior of monkeys.

No More Monkeying Around
Ernesto Londoño
Washington Post

Maggie's Walk on the Wild Side

Published 11/27/07

Alaska's favorite expatriate, Maggie the elephant, has her own 10-minute workout video.

Maggie joins California culture with sunshine workouts
Beth Bragg
Anchorage Daily News

A Letter to the Editor exposes circus cruelty

Published 11/09/07

“Do you think that most kids would want to go to the circus if they knew that the elephants were shocked, prodded and punctured with bullhooks in order to make them perform?” writes a woman who protested at a Ringling Bros. circus performance on behalf of API. “I think that if most kids had any idea of what goes on behind the scenes at Ringling Brothers, they would end up in tears, which, in my opinion, is the natural human response to learning about circus’ animal barbarism.”

Free the circus animals
Emily Bragonier
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Weekend Feedback

The international trade in exotic pets must be stopped

Published 11/05/07

The international trade in exotic pets such as monkeys, crocodiles and rats must be stopped if human beings are to be protected from global pandemics, a leading microbiologist has cautioned. Online comments on this news story include one from API’s Monica Engebretson.

Booming trade in exotic pets ‘could cause a pandemic’
Melanie Reid
The Times (London)

Maggie the elephant at last leaves the Alaska Zoo

Published 11/02/07

After living nearly her whole life in Alaska, Maggie the elephant was loaded and locked into a special metal crate Thursday at the Alaska Zoo and transported in a C-17 cargo plane to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Her new home will be the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in San Andreas, where she will have 30 acres to share with nine other elephants.

Maggie the Elephant is making way to new home in Calaveras County
Associated Press
San Jose Mercury News

Other Maggie stories:

Air Force gives Alaska’s only elephant a lift to warmer climes
Associated Press
Boston Herald

Air Force agrees to move elephant on C-17
Bruce Rolfsen
Air Force Times

Alaskan elephant finds her place in the sun
Dan Glaister
The Guardian

Why zoos fail at species conservation

Published 10/31/07

You can no more save a species by breeding it in a zoo than you can by retrieving DNA from a museum specimen, or implanting embryos of wild cattle species into domestic cattle. A mammoth recovered from DNA (if it can be) is no longer a mammoth, a tiger bred in a zoo is no longer a tiger.

Rattling the cages
David Horton
The Huffington Post

Circus elephants help spread drug-resistant TB

Published 10/30/07

All the evidence indicates that for the last 14 years TB positive and TB infected elephants have been traveling the country and performing in closed arenas full of little kids holding cotton candy and squealing with delight. People with compromised immune systems and the elderly are circus patrons. It's a family tradition in some homes to go to the circus when it's in town.

Idiocracy: Why the Media Is Not Protecting the People
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

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