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Circus Violations of the Animal Welfare Act

The following is a list of circuses warned or charged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) since January 1995.

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Agencies Regulating Private Possession of Exotic Animals

Alabama
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 301456
Montgomery, AL 36130-1456
205-339-5716
*no laws on private possession of exotic animals — closest agency

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What’s Really in Pet Food

Updated May 2007

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Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need.

These are the images pet food manufacturers promulgate through the media and advertising. This is what the $16.1 billion per year U.S. pet food industry wants consumers to believe they are buying when they purchase their products.

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What’s Wrong with the Circus?

Source: Animal Issues, Volume 35 Number 2, Summer 2004

The circus is coming to town! This familiar phrase conjures vivid images of amazing acrobats, capering clowns ... and exotic animals. Unlike the human performers who choose to work in circuses, however, exotic animals are forced to take part in the show. They are involuntary actors in a degrading spectacle, forced into an unnatural life.

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The Dangers of Keeping Exotic “Pets”

Exotic animals — lions, tigers, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates — belong in their natural habitat and not in the hands of private individuals as “pets.” By their very nature, these animals are wild and potentially dangerous and, as such, do not adjust well to a captive environment.

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The Fur Farm Fallacy

Source: Animal Issues, Volume 34 Number 3, Fall 2003

Upon hearing the word “farm,” most people imagine an picturesque scene: green hills, red barns, contented animals lazing in the sun.

But life (and death) on a fur “farm” is anything but idyllic for the foxes, mink, and other animals imprisoned there. Also disingenuously referred to as fur “ranches,” these facilities are more akin to industrialized torture camps.

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State Restrictions Governing Traveling Shows and Circuses in the U.S.

Arizona
  • Prohibits any animal on public exhibit or display from coming into contact with the general public. (ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R12-4-428.)

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The Status of Captive Wild Animals in the U.S.: An Overview of the Problem and the Laws

By Nicole Paquette
Source: Animal Law Institute Conference - Dallas, TX

I. Introduction

Imagine being chained to a tree in a backyard for three months, with little food or water, and no hope for someone to find you ... or imagine weighing half the size of your normal body weight, suffering from severe malnutrition and anemia, calcium deficiency and numerous stress fractures ... or worse yet, being beaten repeatedly with a stick until your hide bleeds.

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