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For Immediate Release: 08/23/07

Ringling Brothers Will Stand Trial for Elephant Abuse

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.

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For Immediate Release: 07/26/07

Case of Mississippi “attack” monkey spurs call for state legislation

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.

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For Immediate Release: 07/06/07

"Would you like a side of animal abuse with that?"

Animal welfare groups “shocked” by recent partnership between Denny’s restaurants and embattled Ringling Bros. circus

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national non-profit animal advocacy group, today sent a letter to Denny’s Corporation CEO Nelson Marchiloi asking him to re-think Denny’s recent partnership with Ringling Bros. circus due to concerns about the welfare of animals in Ringling’s care.

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For Immediate Release: 06/15/07

Reminder: As the weather heats up, leave pets home, not in cars!

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national non-profit animal welfare group, today reminds Sacramento residents about the dangers of leaving animals in cars during warm weather.

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For Immediate Release: 05/16/07

As the weather heats up, so does national initiative to stop dogs from dying in hot cars

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national non-profit animal welfare group, today launched its summer initiative, “My Dog is Cool”, to save dogs and other animals from dying in hot cars during warm-weather months.

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For Immediate Release: 05/16/07

Burbank student’s design chosen for national campaign to keep dogs from dying in hot cars

Burbank, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national non-profit animal welfare group, has chosen a poster by Woodbury University student Simon Majarian, to launch its summer initiative “My Dog is Cool.” This program aims to save dogs from dying in hot cars during warm-weather months.

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For Immediate Release: 05/03/07

Investigation unearths cruel and inhumane treatment of rabbits used in fur fashion

Consumer group urges U.S. retailers and designers to sign fur-free pledge

Sacramento, CA — Recent investigations have exposed a worldwide lack of regulation of animal welfare and trade standards for fur products. In the U.S., consumers already angered by recent exposés, including the mislabeling of products containing the fur of canines, and the intentional mislabeling of fur products as “faux,” are speaking out against the substandard care and treatment of rabbits raised on European farms and whose fur can be sold in the U.S.

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For Immediate Release: 04/30/07

Washington bans wild animals as pets

Gov. Gregoire signs historic bill after seven-year effort by animal and public safety advocates

Olympia, WA — After seven years of debate, Gov. Christine Gregoire will today sign HB 1418, the “Dangerous Wild Animal Bill,” into law. The Animal Protection Institute (API) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) commend state lawmakers for passage of the bill which prohibits the private possession of dangerous wild animals such as cougars, tigers, bears, monkeys, and dangerous reptiles.

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