In addition to working toward federal legislation to limit transport times, API worked to educate grocery retailers about the cruelty of long-distance transport by sending information packets complete with a DVD of our groundbreaking investigation and a survey on long-distance transport. The survey included questions on how far animals used in meat products sold in their store traveled from farm to slaughter or from farm to feedlot, and whether consumers were provided with information such as store signage to make an informed choice when purchasing meat products.
Our nation is in a pet overpopulation crisis. Three to four million cats and dogs nationwide are euthanized each year at our animal shelters. This sobering number should act as a wake-up call for all of us to take action to decrease this horrifying statistic. API took this to heart and joined a coalition effort in our own backyard to end the pet overpopulation problem in the Sacramento region.
Martin Buber, the great philosopher, translator, and educator, said, “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” In California, if we could translate that language, what we would all too often see in the eyes of pet store animals is pain and suffering.
API has received many complaints from people who bought animals at pet stores and then, heartbroken, find that the animals are ill, sometimes even near death. These complaints spurred API to conduct an undercover investigation of 64 pet stores in four key California cities.
Another circus season has come to a close, but this does not mean that the elephants and other animals get a break. The time they have off from the road will be spent learning new tricks for the 2007 season. For the elephants, this means they will be forced to learn the new routine through force and intimidation at the hand of a bullhook.
API wants to reduce human-coyote conflicts and the number of coyotes killed as a result.
Our Coexisting with Coyotes program helps communities develop ways for individuals, neighborhoods, local agencies, and public officials to work together in developing and implementing long-term coexistence plans. We emphasize the role people play in causing conflicts with coyotes (and other urban wild animals), and how they can reduce those conflicts.
API is pleased to report that our efforts to end the cruel practice of pound seizure have met with success in Sacramento County, California!
As our members know, A Life Sentence, the Animal Protection Institute’s 2006 investigation into the private ownership of exotic animals, has provided disturbing insight into the keeping of these animals as “pets.”
Recently, a long battle to protect wolves came to an end — with wolves as the winners, at least temporarily.
Despite the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s repeated attempts to reduce federal protections for gray wolves throughout the country, API and other wildlife advocates have won significant victories in the courts to ensure continued protections for the species.