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For Immediate Release: 05/23/06

National group calls on Ohio legislature to take action before another person is injured or killed by unregulated captive wild animals

Bear mauling illustrates need for immediate legislative action

Sacramento, CA — In response to the mauling of an Orwell, Ohio woman by an escaped, privately possessed black bear, the Animal Protection Institute (API) called on the Ohio legislature to prohibit the private possession of exotic animals within the state. Legislation has been introduced in the past which could have prevented this tragedy.

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For Immediate Release: 05/10/06

National Investigation Confirms Private Homes Not Acceptable for Seized Houston Exotic Animals

Sacramento, CA — Calls to place recently rescued exotic tigers and bears from Gonzales County with private “pet” owners are being dismissed by the Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy group whose recent groundbreaking investigation has demonstrated the plight of wild exotic animals kept as “pets.” Video footage obtained by API exposes a general lack of concern for animal welfare by private owners who, despite claims of lobbying groups, are not regulated by any federal government agency, the federal Animal Welfare Act, or by the majority of state regulatory agencies.

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For Immediate Release: 05/01/06

Campaign against U.S. Cosmetics Testing on Animals Launches

Consumer-driven campaign brings to light industry’s misleading labeling practice

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national non-profit animal advocacy organization, today announced the launch of a campaign to combat misleading animal testing labeling practices by the cosmetics industry.

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For Immediate Release: 04/21/06

National First as California Legislature Prepares to Debate “Elephant Bill”

As zoo debates heat up, bill signals change for captive elephants nationwide

Sacramento, CA — Nationwide, zoos are finding themselves embroiled in a furious debate over the plight of captive elephants. Due to animal welfare concerns, many zoos have closed exhibits and chosen to retire captive elephants. Others are debating their current and future capacity to properly care for such high-maintenance animals.

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For Immediate Release: 04/18/06

Lawsuit Threatened to Protect Endangered Species from Deadly Traps in Maine & Minnesota

Lynx, gray wolves, and bald eagles illegally injured & killed in body-gripping traps

Sacramento, CA — In an effort to stop the illegal trapping of imperiled species in Maine and Minnesota, the Animal Protection Institute (API) today sent letters of intent to sue the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources unless they take immediate actions to protect threatened and endangered species from deadly body-gripping leghold, Conibear, and snare traps. Copies of the letters were sent to the Governors and Attorneys General of Maine and Minnesota and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

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For Immediate Release: 04/18/06

National campaign protesting circus animal abuse kicks off in Philly

Mobile billboard featuring shackled Ringling elephants to be unveiled; protests planned for length of show’s run

Philadelphia, PA — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) touts the arrival of its “all-new” ring-less performance in Philadelphia, the Animal Protection Institute (API) will launch a national campaign calling on Ringling to “keep the rings, lose the chains” and release endangered Asian elephants from the rigors and abuse of performing in the circus.

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For Immediate Release: 04/14/06

Southern California Bunnies Escape ‘Crosshares’ and Get Easter Reprieve

Mission Viejo, CA — It will be a happy Easter for cottontail bunnies at a Mission Viejo community, thanks to the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought authority to shoot them with high-powered pellet guns. Last February, the Casta del Sol Homeowners Association got permission from the Mission Viejo City Council to shoot rabbits eating ornamental shrubbery on the property.

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For Immediate Release: 04/13/06

Retail pet industry fights bill intended to benefit pets and consumers

New legislation results from undercover investigation exposing substandard animal care in California pet stores

Sacramento, CA — A recent investigation by the Animal Protection Institute (API) into the treatment of animals at California pet stores has resulted in a new bill to protect animals for sale in such stores. If passed, AB 2862 would strengthen existing law to require pet stores that sell live animals to meet certain basic animal care standards. The retail pet industry, including Petco, has hired lobbyists to fight passage of the bill.

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