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For Immediate Release: 01/19/06

“New” Ringling Show No Different for Mistreated Endangered Elephants

Animal group calls on circus to “keep the rings, lose the chains”

Birmingham, AL — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) touts the arrival of its “all-new” ring-less performance, the Animal Protection Institute (API) tells Ringling to keep the rings, lose the chains and release endangered Asian elephants from the rigors and abuse of performing in the circus.

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For Immediate Release: 01/13/06

Popular Santa Monica Park Squirrels Face Death Sentence

Santa Monica, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) has learned that a mandate issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to the City of Santa Monica to reduce the California ground squirrel population in Palisades Park, Santa Monica, has led to the adoption of an imminent plan to trap and gas a large portion of the squirrel population inhabiting the park.

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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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