Born Free USA urges federal animal welfare and public safety review of zoos nationwide
Washington, D.C. — After the killing of a young man by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day, Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free USA) is calling for an immediate detailed Federal examination of animal welfare and public safety conditions at all American zoos.
News of the fatal mauling by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo has made headlines around the world, igniting a much-needed debate about the future of wild animals in captivity.
Historic Merger Heralds New Force in U.S. Animal Protection Movement
Sacramento, CA / Washington, DC — The Animal Protection Institute and Born Free USA today announced that they have united to create a new, dynamic and more powerful force for animal protection in America and abroad.
Bird enthusiasts unite in protest of U.S. pet trade’s exploitation of international native bird populations
Sacramento, CA — On January 5, 2008, The Animal Protection Institute (API), in conjunction with the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC), will celebrate the sixth annual “National Bird Day” (NBD). NBD aims to educate the public about the difficult reality of caring for birds as pets, the damage the U.S. pet industry inflicts on wild bird populations, and the importance of keeping birds wild.
Consent Decree in Endangered Species Act Lawsuit Protects Lynx
Bangor, ME — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today announced a consent decree has been signed in its suit against the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W) to stop the agency from continuing to violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by allowing trappers to use traps that catch, injure and sometimes kill threatened and endangered species, such as lynx. The consent decree was signed by United States District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr.. in Bangor, Maine.
Federal court documents spotlight critic’s claims as circus arrives in Sacramento
Sacramento, CA — As Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus prepares for its September 20–23 run in Sacramento, new evidence of animal abuse and dangerous tuberculosis in Ringling elephants has surfaced. The federal court discovery documents citing these issues are the result of an endangered species lawsuit brought by national animal advocacy groups including Sacramento-based plaintiff, the Animal Protection Institute (API).
Washington, DC — Today, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the federal district court in Washington D.C. issued a major ruling rejecting the last-ditch attempt of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to avoid trial over charges that the circus abuses its Asian elephants in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.
National group and Sanctuary ask Governor to ban keeping nonhuman primates as pets
San Antonio, TX — Justin, a pet Japanese macaque who attacked a Mississippi IRS agent, has safely arrived at the Animal Protection Institute (API) Primate Sanctuary in Texas through a joint effort between API and the Mississippi Animal Rescue League in Jackson. The owner of the monkey was given a citation for keeping a captive wild animal without a license. In Mississippi, keepers of inherently dangerous wild animals, such as macaques, must obtain a state license.