First-of-its-kind undercover investigation finds shocking animal cruelty, spurs national call for laws regulating retail pet industry
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today announced a groundbreaking undercover investigation into the live pet trade. API’s investigator visited 64 randomly selected pet shops in California, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco, and found widespread violations of laws designed to protect animals sold in pet shops. The investigation also documented extensive instances of substandard care and conditions that did not violate state law but exposed animals to injury and zoonotic disease.
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today joins the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Fund for Animals and Animal Welfare Institute in a lawsuit brought under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.) and its parent company, Feld Entertainment, regarding their mistreatment of Asian elephants. The groups are joined in the lawsuit by former Ringling Bros. employee Tom Rider.*
Species in Danger of Extinction Shouldn’t be Shot for Profit, Groups Say
San Francisco, CA — Wildlife protection groups filed suit today in the Northern District of California to prevent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) from allowing canned hunting of three endangered antelope species. The plaintiffs include The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Defenders of Wildlife, Born Free USA, the Kimya Institute, and a number of individuals.
Veto Override Attempt Rejected by Overwhelming 2-1 Margin
Washington — Today, the Illinois House of Representatives rejected an attempt to override Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s veto of House Bill 1486, a bill that would have allowed the use of wire neck snares, by a decisive vote of 37-74. A coalition of animal welfare organizations representing more than 600,000 Illinois constituents applauded the landslide victory.
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) applauds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for signing into law a bill that will implement, enforce, and improve the state’s existing exotic animal laws. AB 820, sponsored by API and introduced by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland following an incident involving a loose 352-pound tiger in her district, will provide greater protections for exotic animals residing within the state of California.
API Calls on Washington Legislature to Enact Stronger Laws
Sacramento, CA — In light of the recent incident in Lewis County where a five-year-old boy was bitten by a tiger cub, the Animal Protection Institute (API) is calling attention to the inherent dangers associated with keeping exotic animals and is urging Washington state lawmakers to prohibit the private possession of dangerous exotic animals as pets by passing the Exotic Pets Bill during the 2006 legislative session.
International Coalition of Animal Welfare Groups Challenges IUCN’s President to Reverse Inhumane Trapping Resolution
Basel — As the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Union Council meets today at its head office in Gland, Switzerland, a global alliance of animal protection organizations is urging IUCN President, Mr. Valli Moosa, to reverse an IUCN resolution that supports unnecessary animal cruelty.
Never-Before-Seen Video Footage and Photographs Reveal Ringling Elephant Abuse
Press Conference 11:00am, Thursday, Sept. 22 on West Capitol Steps
Sacramento, CA — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into town on Thursday, Tom Rider, who worked with Ringling Bros. animals for two and a half years, will expose a major cover-up in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) exonerated Ringling Bros. from any responsibility for the death of a baby elephant. The agency cast aside ample evidence and concluding remarks from its own investigator that Ringling Bros.’ treatment of the elephant “precipitated in the physical harm and ultimate death of the animal.”