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Lions and tigers seized from dangerous “conservation” organization relocated to accredited sanctuaries

Published 10/24/07

The Siberian Tiger Conservation Association, an Ohio “sanctuary” exposed in 2006 by investigations by API and ABC News 20/20, has gone out of business. The owner of the facility, Diana McCourt, had been operating the facility in violation of USDA regulations and federal law and was recently evicted from the property. She left behind two lions and four tigers, which are now being relocated to accredited sanctuaries where they, and the public, will never be put in danger again.

Animal Groups Rescue Abandoned Lions and Tigers From Ohio Woman
PRNewswire-USNewswire

Why people shouldn’t have exotic “pets”

Published 10/23/07

Residents of Florida’s Isles of Capri face the consequences of a former exotic “pet” released to the wild. Feral iguanas, a species classified as “threatened,” not only eat native flowering plants and fruits, they also burrow next to seawalls to lay their young, causing damage and destruction to the retaining walls. And because they prefer to defecate in or around water, iguanas have been known to take uninvited swims in private and community swimming pools.

Iguanas visit Capri
Ann Hall
Marco Island Sun Times

Ringling fights proposed Massachusetts bullhook ban

Published 10/22/07

Some Beacon Hill lawmakers say they want to protect elephants from mistreatment. Circus officials contend the characterizations are misguided and passage of such a law would mean the "Greatest Show on Earth" would no longer travel to Massachusetts.

Elephant safety bill vs. the circus
BostonNOW

Wichita City Council stands firm on its exotic pet ban

Published 10/17/07

The exotic pet boom in recent years is not a healthy trend. Exotic animals can be cute when they're babies, but they can be a handful once full grown. Many exotic pet owners get in over their heads and aren't equipped to care for these often demanding critters. The animals suffer. "These are wild animals and they need to be in zoos or out in the wild," said Kay Johnson, head of environmental services for the city.

Draw the line on wild pets in city
Randy Scholfield
Wichita Eagle

Prohibit private individuals from importing, trafficking or possessing wild animals

Published 10/16/07

Florida citizens deserve to know what dangerous exotic animals are lurking in their neighborhoods. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently taking public comment on the issue of captive exotic wildlife. The best way to protect the public and animals is to prohibit private individuals from importing, trafficking or possessing wild animals.

Got a tiger living next-door? State says you don't need to know
Jennifer Hobgood
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Shell of an Elephant

Published 10/12/07

When someone says they see an elephant in America, “They don’t really see what they are. You see the shell of an elephant. You are not seeing an elephant.” Life in the wild for elephants is contrasted with the misery of life in the circus in this story, which also discusses the Animal Protection Institute’s lawsuit against Ringling for violations of the Endangered Species Act for its treatment of elephants.

Life of a Circus Elephant
Jennifer Davidson
Sacramento News & Review

Maine implements trapping changes after API wins lawsuit

Published 10/11/07

Commissioner Roland D. Martin announced that two changes to Maine's trapping regulations were unanimously approved by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The changes in rule were the result of a settlement in a lawsuit between the department and the Animal Protection Institute concerning the trapping of lynx.

DIF&W sets new trapping rules
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Sickened by Ringling’s insistence in using wild animals

Published 10/10/07

A Letter to the Editor emphasizes that "elephants, lions, tigers, and other animals that cannot be domesticated should never be forced to endure the lives that these circus animals must endure. Please take your kids to an animal-free, cruelty-free circus instead."

Circus animal abuse
Christie Greene
Denver Post Opinion

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