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Animals in Entertainment: Cruel Spectacles

Published 02/21/08

From Pedicab News: "Although many of us may have fond memories of a day at the circus when we were young, we are largely unaware of what those amusing moments for us cost the captive animals in a lifetime of abuse that is hidden from the public." The video on the website linked below shows elephants riding tricycles in an Asian circus, with reference to the campaign of Born Free USA united with API. "In Thailand," continues the text, "as in many other eastern nations, elephants have been used as work animals for centuries. However, since the Industrial Revolution, their use in industry has been justifiably diminished, but exploiting them for enslaved showmanship serves no useful purpose, at all."

Elephants on Trikes
Pedicab News

Young elephant’s pregnancy brings criticism on zoo

Published 02/14/08

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is celebrating the news that its 9-year-old Asian elephant is pregnant, but animal rights groups said that there was little conservation benefit in Thong Dee’s pregnancy and that the young elephant faced health risks. “We know that calves born in zoos have double the mortality rate in the wild, and this pregnancy will put both mother and calf at great risk,” siad the chief scientist with Australia’s Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSCPA).

Young Sydney elephant’s pregnancy sparks protests
Paris Maggs-Smith
Reuters

Applying the law to deadly pet food

Published 02/06/08

Two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company were indicted on Wednesday, February 6, in the tainted pet food incidents that killed dozens of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China. In a related story, one pet food maker was ordered to pay $3.1 million in compensation. Born Free USA united with API’s “What’s Really in Pet Food” report discusses the history of pet food recalls, and much more about the pet food industry.

U.S. Indicts 3 Firms In Tainted Pet Food Cases
CBS News

An improvement for animals in California pet shops

Published 02/05/08

An investigation into 64 California pet shops, conducted by API in Spring 2007, revealed significant area of animal neglect. In October, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1347, the Pet Store Animal Care Act, which imposes stricter standards for the daily care of all animals sold in stores, not just cats and dogs. As Born Free USA united with API’s Monica Engebretson explains, inspections are “complaint-driven, so it requires concerned citizens to call attention to the stores.”

New state law on pet shops imposes stricter standards of care
Stephanie Hoops
Ventura County Star (Camarillo, CA)

An accident waiting to happen

Published 01/24/08

For a £160 fee, Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire, UK, allows customers to stroke with their fingers Rocky, a 9-year-old Siberian and Bengal tiger cross. The park also permits customers to feed Narnia, a white tiger. Meat is held up to the bars so it can be pulled into the cage. Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, said: “These are wild animals. This is an accident waiting to happen.”

Wildlife park lets you pet tiger for £160
Daniel Foggo and Holly Watt
The Sunday Times

“The Exotic Pet Trade” on the radio

Published 01/16/08

Adam Roberts, Senior Vice President of Born Free USA united with API, joins Animal Wise Radio hosts Mike Fry and Beth Nelson for a lively discussion of the exotic pet trade.

Other issues touched upon include the combining of Born Free USA with API, National Bird Day, and Adam's forthcoming participation in the Mount Kenya “10 to 4" Mountain Bike Challenge.

Listen by clicking the control below.

Marking the plight of exotic birds

Published 01/14/08

Not every wild bird is free to fly. Avian advocate groups say that while the U.S. has enacted laws to protect our native birds — such as blue jays, cardinals and crows — from commercial exploitation, the bird pet industry is still able to sell and exploit exotic birds and parrots that hail from other countries, says this news story on the bird population in New York City that quickly moves to coverage of National Bird Day.

Giving feathered friends a lift
Amy Sacks
New York Daily News

How high can tigers jump?

Published 01/10/08

Among the questions experts are now asking: How high can tigers jump? And have zoos and sanctuaries dangerously underestimated tigers? That is to say: Are the walls high enough? One can see in the accompanying slide show just how barren the tiger enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo is.

Experts Debate Tiger Safety After Fatal SF Mauling
cbs5.com (KPIX-TV, San Francisco)

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