Activist group outraged by censorship of anti-circus PSA
San Diego, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a California-based non-profit animal advocacy group, has recently learned that its anti-circus public service announcement (PSA) has been denied by Clear Channel radio stations in San Diego. API was seeking to place the ads to protest the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus to San Diego.
Recent investigation and USDA complaint documenting public safety and animal welfare issues heightens community concern
Charlotte, NC — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon legislators to ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals in North Carolina. Events such as Tuesday’s police raid of the Metrolina Wildlife Park (also known as Charlotte Metro Zoo), API’s recent investigation of the facility, and subsequent March 2006 filing of a USDA complaint citing various violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, prove that legislation must be introduced during the next legislative session.
Columbus, OH — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, renews its call to legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals in Ohio. Incidents involving dangerous wild animals kept as pets are on the rise in Ohio. Last weekend three wolves reportedly escaped from Robert Pitt’s home in Hanover, OH, and attacked a neighbor’s dog before they were shot to death. Pitt holds a USDA license to own exotic animals, despite previous complaints by neighbors.
Investigations into elephant care and deaths at L.A. Zoo and Ringling Bros. circus hasten call to form CA animal welfare committee
Circus’s arrival in L.A. spotlights fight for state animal welfare reform
Los Angeles, CA — Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus opens July 19 in Los Angeles, despite four active federal investigations into its treatment of animals, including the death of a baby elephant and the repeated striking of a chained elephant with a bullhook outside a 2004 Ringling performance in Oakland, CA. The USDA has also recently announced an investigation into the death of Gita, also an Asian elephant, at the Los Angeles Zoo. 2006 has been a banner year for California activists and legislators fighting to shed light on the ethical and moral debate surrounding captive elephants, yet their continued mistreatment and deaths prove action must be taken to protect them.
Sacramento, CA — A California state appeals court decision has ended a lengthy legal battle by animal protection groups to stop the sale of animals from the County of Sacramento’s animal shelter to research laboratories. The Third Appellate District Court of Appeal has decided that the county has discretion about whether to terminate the practice of selling animals from its shelter to research labs that sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the county, despite repeated violations of the contract regarding animal use.
New complaints filed with USDA regarding animal welfare violations by exotic animal owners statewide
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today filed three complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting various violations of federal law by Ohio businesses in their management of dangerous wild animals. Complaints were filed against Hope’s Heaven Sent Zoo & Etc., in Lawrence County, OH; Stump Hill Farm Center in Stark County, OH; and Burnette’s Farm and Educational Center in Cuyahoga County, OH. The documentation submitted by API includes video footage from a recent investigation into the issue of unregulated private ownership of dangerous exotic animals in Ohio.
Texas tiger mauling illustrates inadequacies of laws allowing people to keep dangerous wild animals as “pets”
Group calls for USDA investigation; both public safety and animal welfare at risk
Dallas, TX — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling for a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation into the mauling of a man by a tiger at a Kaufman County business. Don Roberts, a worker at Zoo Dynamics, a business that provides exotic animals for public exhibition, was severely mauled by a Bengal tiger who had scaled a reported 12- to 18-foot fence to attack.
Lawsuit filed against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list rabbit as an endangered species
Washington, DC — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, along with David Wade, founder of the Endangered Small Animal Conservation Foundation, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the New England Cottontail Rabbit on the federal endangered species list.