National group calls for state legislation banning primates as pets
Springfield, IL — A pet monkey who last week attacked a Chicago girl has safely arrived at the Animal Protection Institute (API) Primate Sanctuary in Texas. The monkey, a rhesus macaque, apparently escaped from his cage and bit a 14-year-old girl severely enough that she was admitted to the hospital.
Animal advocates urge Governor to protect animal welfare and consumer rights after “David vs. Goliath” battle with industry lobbyists
Sacramento, CA — A bill hotly contested by Petco and the pet industry has passed the Assembly and Senate and will now go to Governor Schwarzenegger for signing. The bill, AB 2862, which would mandate the adoption of care and handling regulations for animals sold in pet stores, is a significant step in the right direction for protecting pets and consumers. The bill is sponsored by the Animal Protection Institute (API) and was introduced in the legislature by Assemblymember Mark Ridley-Thomas (D), District 48, Los Angeles.
Charlotte, NC — The Animal Protection Institute (API) is urging North Carolina legislators to introduce legislation next legislative session to ban the private ownership of dangerous exotic animals. A study bill, supported by API and Sen. John Garwood, passed through the legislature this year and directs a team of experts to “study” the dangers that these animals pose and come up with a solution to the problem. The bill was introduced on the heels of a 10-year-old boy in Sen. Garwood’s district who died after being attacked by a pet tiger.
Circus faces strong opposition in Northern California
WHAT: Sacramento-based animal advocacy group the Animal Protection Institute (API) has alerted Stockton police of a planned protest against animal abuse at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) performances. Activists will hand out educational brochures to the public and hold posters of a chained elephant asking the question “Animal circuses: Are they really worth it?” A mobile billboard featuring a chained Ringling elephant and the words “Would You Chain Your Dog for Most of Her Life? Why Pay Ringling to Do It to Elephants?” will circle Stockton Arena and downtown Stockton 08/31–09/01.
Bill Would Protect the Welfare of Animals in Pet Shops
Sacramento, CA — A bill hotly contested by Petco and the pet industry has moved forward in a new direction. The bill, AB 2862, which would increase protections for animals sold in pet shops, has gone to a floor vote in the California Senate. The bill, AB 2862, has undergone revisions but is still a significant step in the right direction for protecting pets and consumers. The bill is sponsored by the Animal Protection Institute and was introduced in the legislature by Assemblymember Mark Ridley-Thomas (D), District 48, Los Angeles.
Sacramento, CA — The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors today voted to end the sale of animals impounded at the county shelter to research facilities. Sacramento County was the only county in the state to continue this controversial practice, which local animal advocates have been fighting since the 1980s.
Complaint highlights blatant public safety and animal welfare violations at roadside zoo where drugs, weapons recently found
Charlotte, NC — The Animal Protection Institute (API) is demanding USDA action on a March 2006 complaint filed against Metrolina Wildlife Park (formerly known as Charlotte Metro Zoo.) In light of the recent raid that found weapons, drugs, and illegal exotic and endangered animals on the premises, API requests the USDA begin an immediate investigation to ensure the safety of zoo visitors, the surrounding community, and the animals kept there.
Prohibits Using Bullhooks or Chains on Elephants
Boston, MA — A landmark bill that would protect elephants from abusive use of cruel and inhumane devices, such as bullhooks and chains, passed the Massachusetts Senate yesterday.