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For Immediate Release: 01/11/06

Local PetsMart Accused of Starving Baby Bird

Store customers and employees say management mistreated animal

Hobart, IN — On the heels of a first of its kind undercover investigation into the live pet trade, the Animal Protection Institute (API) has been alerted to a complaint of animal mistreatment at a Hobart, Indiana PetsMart store.

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For Immediate Release: 01/04/06

National Bird Day a Challenge to “Think Outside the Cage”

While avian flu dominates the news, people come together to urge change and action for the welfare of all birds

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (www.api4animals.org) (API), in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition (www.avianwelfare.org) (AWC), calls on activists and bird lovers across the U.S. to take action on behalf of captive and wild birds January 5 — National Bird Day (NBD). NBD aims to educate consumers about the abuse of birds in the retail pet industry and the difficult reality of caring for birds as pets, as well as to expose the cruelty of the wild bird trade and the importance of keeping birds wild.

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For Immediate Release: 11/09/05

Widespread Animal Suffering Exposed in Retail Pet Stores

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.

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For Immediate Release: 10/28/05

API Joins Groundbreaking Lawsuit Against Ringling Bros. for Violation of Endangered Species Act

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.*

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For Immediate Release: 10/26/05

Wildlife Protection Coalition Files Suit to Protect Endangered African Antelope from “Canned” Hunts

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.

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For Immediate Release: 10/26/05

Animal Welfare Groups Applaud Illinois Lawmakers for Upholding Ban on Wire Neck Snares

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.

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For Immediate Release: 10/11/05

API Applauds Governor Schwarzenegger for Signing Exotic Animal Bill into Law

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.

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For Immediate Release: 10/03/05

Tiger Cub Bites Five-year-old Lewis County Boy

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.

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