New complaints filed with USDA regarding animal welfare violations by exotic animal owners statewide
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today filed three complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting various violations of federal law by Ohio businesses in their management of dangerous wild animals. Complaints were filed against Hope’s Heaven Sent Zoo & Etc., in Lawrence County, OH; Stump Hill Farm Center in Stark County, OH; and Burnette’s Farm and Educational Center in Cuyahoga County, OH. The documentation submitted by API includes video footage from a recent investigation into the issue of unregulated private ownership of dangerous exotic animals in Ohio.
Texas tiger mauling illustrates inadequacies of laws allowing people to keep dangerous wild animals as “pets”
Group calls for USDA investigation; both public safety and animal welfare at risk
Dallas, TX — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, is calling for a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation into the mauling of a man by a tiger at a Kaufman County business. Don Roberts, a worker at Zoo Dynamics, a business that provides exotic animals for public exhibition, was severely mauled by a Bengal tiger who had scaled a reported 12- to 18-foot fence to attack.
Lawsuit filed against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list rabbit as an endangered species
Washington, DC — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national animal advocacy organization, along with David Wade, founder of the Endangered Small Animal Conservation Foundation, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the New England Cottontail Rabbit on the federal endangered species list.
Bear mauling heightens statewide community concern in wake of investigation warning of risks to public safety
Columbus, OH — 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 Ohio. The mauling of Rachel Supplee by an escaped bear and API’s recent Ohio investigation prove these animals pose widespread threats to public safety.
Los Angeles, CA — The recent death of Gita, an endangered Asian elephant, at the L.A. Zoo has again focused the national spotlight on California and the ethical dilemma of keeping captive elephants. California seized the spotlight earlier this year when the Sacramento-based Animal Protection Institute (API) took the debate a step further by introducing legislation to protect captive elephants.
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a Sacramento-based national nonprofit animal welfare group, takes the monkeying around out of Father’s Day shopping by offering the unique gift of a primate “adoption.”
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national nonprofit animal welfare group, today launched its summer initiative “My Dog is Cool” to save dogs from dying in hot cars during warm-weather months.
National initiative gives residents tools to avoid further tragedies
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API), a national non-profit animal welfare group, today asked Bay area residents to join its summer initiative, “My Dog is Cool”, and help save dogs from dying in hot cars. Educational information, lifesaving tips, and specifics on what people can do to help animals in hot cars can be found on the web site www.MyDogIsCool.com.