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For Immediate Release: 10/26/06

Tiger attack on USDA inspector renews call for immediate legislative action banning the private ownership of dangerous exotic animals

Columbus, OH — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is renewing calls on Ohio legislators to immediately ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals after a tiger attacked a U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian October 16. The attack occurred on the property of Lorenza Pearson, who has a long history of issues with animal welfare and public safety including the fatal mauling of his son by a tiger and a July 2006 trial on more than 950 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

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For Immediate Release: 10/23/06

Leopard attack at N.C. zoo highlights need for legislation of dangerous wild animals

Recent investigation and USDA complaint documented public safety and animal welfare issues at facility

Ashe County, NC — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling upon legislators to ban the ownership of dangerous wild and exotic animals in North Carolina after a woman was reportedly attacked and severely injured by a leopard at the New River Zoo in Fleetwood, NC.

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For Immediate Release: 10/12/06

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Species from Deadly Traps in Maine

Photo documentation confirms body-gripping traps and snares pose danger to endangered animals

Bangor, ME — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today filed suit against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W) to stop the agency from continuing to violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by allowing trappers to use traps that injure and sometimes kill threatened and endangered species.

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For Immediate Release: 09/28/06

International Fur Free Retail Program Announced

United States joins 9 countries and 35 leading organizations to promote “fur free” retailers

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute today announced the launch of Consumers for a Fur Free Society, the United States Fur Free Retail Program. The Fur Free Retail Program is an international effort to provide consumers with accurate information regarding a retailer’s fur policy, allowing consumers to make an informed choice about the ethical health of retailers they shop. A companion web site has also been launched at www.FurFreeShopping.com.

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For Immediate Release: 09/25/06

Sacramento group thanks governor for pet safety legislation; urges signature on bill to protect animals for retail sale

Sacramento, CA — On the heels of last Friday’s signature of SB 1806, which makes it a crime for owners to leave pets unattended in vehicles during dangerous conditions, the Animal Protection Institute urges Gov. Schwarzenegger’s signature of AB 2862, which would increase protections for animals sold in pet shops.

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For Immediate Release: 09/21/06

Local and national groups kick off 4-day protest of Ringling Bros.’ mistreatment of animals

WHAT: Sacramento-based animal advocacy group, the Animal Protection Institute (API), along with other groups, will kick off the hometown leg of a nationwide campaign protesting Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus for its mistreatment of circus animals. Activists will hand out educational brochures to the public at each of Ringling’s nine scheduled Sacramento performances.

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For Immediate Release: 09/20/06

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Species from Deadly Traps in Minnesota

New study confirms body-gripping traps and snares pose significant danger to endangered animals

Minneapolis, MN — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today filed suit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to stop the agency from continuing to violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by allowing trappers to use traps and snares that injure and sometimes kill threatened and endangered species.

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For Immediate Release: 09/13/06

Colorado research monkeys begin new lives at Texas sanctuary

San Antonio, TX — A group of bonnet macaques has been retired from research and is enjoying its first weeks of freedom at the Animal Protection Institute (API) Primate Sanctuary in Texas.

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