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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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For Immediate Release: 04/07/06

Minnesota Woman Mauled to Death by Pet Tiger

Tragic situation highlights the dangers of wild animals kept as “pets”; supports findings from API national investigation

Sacramento, CA — A USDA-licensed exotic animal breeder from Minnesota was found mauled to death by a “pet” Bengal tiger last night. A man hired to work on the woman’s property found her body in the tiger’s cage. Authorities could not access the woman due to the tiger’s reportedly aggressive behavior, so the tiger was killed.

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For Immediate Release: 04/06/06

Investigation Exposes Public Safety and Animal Welfare Issues at North Carolina Tourist Attractions; Complaints Filed with USDA

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) has filed four complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting various violations of federal law by four North Carolina tourist attractions: Santa’s Land in Cherokee, Cherokee Bear Zoo in Cherokee, Charlotte Metro Zoo in Charlotte, and New River Zoo in Fleetwood. The documentation submitted by API includes video footage from a recent investigation into the issue of unregulated private ownership of dangerous exotic animals in North Carolina.

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For Immediate Release: 04/06/06

Investigation Exposes Public Safety and Animal Welfare Issues at Ohio Tourist Attractions; Complaints Filed with USDA

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) has filed two complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting various violations of federal law by two Ohio tourist attractions: Tiger Ridge Exotics in Perrysburg and the Siberian Tiger Conservation Association in Gambier. 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.

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For Immediate Release: 04/06/06

Investigation Exposes Public Safety and Animal Welfare Issues at Washington State Tourist Attractions; Complaints Filed with USDA

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) has filed two complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting various violations of federal law by two USDA-licensed Washington State tourist attractions: the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim and Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington. The documentation submitted by API includes video footage from a recent investigation into the issue of unregulated private ownership of dangerous exotic animals in Washington State.

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For Immediate Release: 03/17/06

Investigation Footage Exposes USDA Enforcement Inadequacies

Group files eight complaints against USDA-licensed facilities for public safety violations

Sacramento, CA ­— The Animal Protection Institute (API) today filed eight complaints with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) documenting various violations of federal law by USDA-licensed and inspected facilities that display, keep, and/or breed dangerous exotic animals. The documentation submitted by API includes video footage and still photos from a recent nationwide investigation into the largely unregulated private ownership of dangerous exotic animals in the U.S.

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For Immediate Release: 03/09/06

National Group Names Washington One of Worst States for Dangerous Exotic “Pets”

Despite proof from groundbreaking investigation, and broad public support, Senate stalls on critical bill to protect public safety and animal welfare

Seattle, WA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today named Washington state one of the worst states in the nation for dangerous exotic animals in private hands. The Washington state legislature has again allowed important legislation protecting public safety and animal welfare lapse by allowing HB 1151, the “Dangerous Wild Animal Bill,” to die on the floor without a final vote. This bill has been before the legislature for the past six years. Washington is one of only 13 states with no laws prohibiting the private possession of exotic animals such as cougars, tigers, bears, primates and dangerous reptiles.

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