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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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For Immediate Release: 09/26/05

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.

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For Immediate Release: 09/20/05

Ex-Ringling Bros. Employee Exposes USDA Cover-Up of Baby Elephant Death

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.”

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For Immediate Release: 08/16/05

Animal Advocates Commend Governor Blagojevich’s Veto of Bill that Would Expand Use of Cruel Snares in Illinois

Springfield, IL — Animal welfare organizations, activated by more than 600,000 Illinois constituents, lobbied Governor Rod R. Blagojevich to veto House Bill 1486. Sponsored by the fur-industry lobby organization “Fur Takers of America,” HB 1486 would have allowed trappers to use wire neck snares to trap and strangle several species of fur-bearing animals. Citing humane concerns, Governor Blagojevich vetoed the bill.

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For Immediate Release: 07/14/05

Kentucky Bans Exotic Animals as "Pets"

Groups Laud Action as Important Safety Measure

Sacramento, CA — Effective today, a regulation has been enacted in Kentucky that will prohibit the future private possession of tigers, lions, monkeys, bears, venomous reptiles, and other dangerous wildlife. One of the most comprehensive restrictions on the keeping of exotic animals as “pets” in the United States, the regulation also prohibits existing animals from being bred.

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For Immediate Release: 06/21/05

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Attracts Controversial National Circus Ad Campaign In Las Vegas

Opening night protest:
Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 5:30 pm, Orleans Arena

Las Vegas, NV — Continuing its national advertising campaign, “A Lifetime of Misery,” the Animal Protection Institute (API) will display its controversial billboard in Las Vegas, Thursday through Saturday, reminding residents and visitors about the treatment of animals behind the big top.

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For Immediate Release: 06/16/05

National Call to Save Dogs from Dying in Cars This Summer

Nissan Backs Campaign to Alert Public to The Dangers of Hot Cars

Sacramento, CA — A national call has been issued to save dogs from dying in cars this summer. Every year, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their guardians leave them, often for “just a few minutes.” These animals’ deaths are tragedies that occur with alarming frequency, yet are completely preventable. Throughout the summer we see news reports every few weeks which are but a fraction of the many unreported instances where dogs are left in parked cars to die. A lucky few survive. That is why the Animal Protection Institute has today launched its national initiative “My Dog Is Cool” — just in time for the hot weather season.

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For Immediate Release: 03/21/05

Circus Season Sparks Controversy in New York Prompted by the 135th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in New York City

New York City, NY — As the Ringling Bros. Circus rolls into town a national group is highlighting the real life behind the scenes for animals in the circus. Continuing its national campaign, the Animal Protection Institute is reminding New York residents about the treatment of animals behind the big top, a life full of frightening, unnatural and painful experiences.

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