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For Immediate Release: 12/18/06

Animal Protection Organizations Call for Exotic Pet Ban in Ohio

Tragic death of a Hamilton County man by his pet python demonstrates the risk to public safety

Columbus, OH — The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Animal Protection Institute (API) expressed concern and renewed their calls for Ohio to prohibit the private ownership of dangerous wild animals after a Hamilton County man was killed by his pet python on Saturday.

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For Immediate Release: 12/14/06

National group repeats call for legislation; offers to provide sanctuary for escaped snow monkey

Wayne County, NC — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is again calling upon legislators to ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals in North Carolina. This most recent request follows reports of an escaped monkey, a female Japanese macaque or “snow monkey,” on the grounds of a home for persons with disabilities in Goldsboro. The owner of the monkey claims the monkey is upset and grieving after the death of her partner.

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For Immediate Release: 12/05/06

Bear attack renews call for immediate legislative action banning private ownership of dangerous exotic animals

House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee hearing to be held 12/06/06

Akron, OH — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is today renewing calls on Ohio legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals after a 4-year-old boy’s finger was reportedly severed by a bear at the Tuscarawas Wildlife Ranch. This is the fourth serious incident involving injury by exotic animals in Ohio in the past six months.

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For Immediate Release: 11/30/06

New England cottontail found to warrant listing as an endangered species

Lawsuit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dismissed after “warranted but precluded” finding

Washington, DC — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, along with David Wade, founder of the Endangered Small Animal Conservation Foundation, have dismissed a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the New England cottontail rabbit on the federal endangered species list.

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For Immediate Release: 11/14/06

St. Louis Dogs Howl over Use of Cruel Bullhooks on Ringling Circus Elephants

WHO: Nicole Paquette, Director of Legal and Government Affairs of the Animal Protection Institute, a national animal advocacy group and plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against Ringling Bros. for violations of the Endangered Species Act; Members of START (St. Louis Animal Rights Team) and their canine companions.

WHAT: A “howl-in” over the use of cruel bullhooks on circus elephants. Activists and dogs will patrol the plaza with posters, pictures of bullhooks, and an actual bullhook. Ringling Bros. circus claims the bullhook is used “like a leash for a dog” but advocates contest that the use of the bullhook to control a dog would be considered animal abuse under Missouri law.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 10:30am.

WHERE: Kiener Plaza, on N. Broadway, in between Market and Chestnut Streets, across from the Old Courthouse.

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For Immediate Release: 11/01/06

Monkey attack renews call for immediate legislative action banning the private ownership of dangerous exotic animals

Liberty Township, OH — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is today renewing calls on Ohio legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals after a Liberty Township man was attacked by his pet monkey on Monday.

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For Immediate Release: 10/27/06

North Carolina investigation spurs ABC News “20/20” report

Animal advocates call for state legislation banning dangerous wild animals kept as pets

Raleigh, NC — A national animal advocacy group’s investigation into the state of exotic animals kept as pets in North Carolina spurred an in-depth investigation into the topic by the ABC News program, “20/20”, aired Friday, October 27.

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For Immediate Release: 10/27/06

Washington State investigation spurs ABC News “20/20” report

Animal advocates call for state legislature to ban dangerous wild animals kept as pets

Olympia, WA — A national animal advocacy group’s investigation into the state of exotic animals kept as pets in the state of Washington spurred an in-depth investigation into the topic by the ABC News program, “20/20”, and aired Friday, October 27.

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