"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
A recent editorial in The Oakland Press of Pontiac, Mi, stresses that wild animals of any kind can be dangerous and should be left in their natural environment. Michigan has a partial ban on possessing exotic animals, but that ban does not include reptiles. Needed are stricter ordinances at the community level.
Exotic Pet Ownership Needs to Be Regulated
The Oakland Press
API continues to garner media attention as the resource for information on how hot parked cars get in the summertime, and the sometimes fatal damage that heat can do to dogs left inside while the owner steps away “just for a minute.”
You can learn more about how to avoid “hot car” situations and what you can do to keep your best friend cool at www.MyDogIsCool.com.
Dogs at risk if left in cars
Toledo Free Press
Madison [NH] man charged in heat-induced death of dog
API has been in the media nationwide advising communities and assisting animal control agencies on how to successfully co-exist with coyotes. Click here to find out more about living with coyotes, or to order some of API’s valuable materials (living with coyotes doorhangers, etc.) for distribution in your neighborhood.
Coyotes 1, Chicago 0
Coyotes in park dog attack had been fed by humans
San Francisco Chronicle
A study by the National Research Council, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, has determined that toxicity testing on animals is inadequate and recommends changes “that will generate better data on the potential risks humans face from environmental agents, building a stronger scientific foundation ... and reducing the time, money, and animals needed for testing.”
Press release from The National Academies
API is quoted in this article about the death of a young zoo elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Activists have long been pressuring the zoo to send its elephants to sanctuary, citing space (less than one acre for four elephants), care (bullhook use), and climate (well, it’s Seattle).
Kathy Mulady and Debera Carlton Harrell
In-depth investigation by Cincinnati ABC affiliate, WCPO, into the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets. API is sponsoring legislation in Ohio to ban the private ownership of dangerous wild animals.