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For Immediate Release: 02/28/06

Southampton Town Council Unanimously Passes Ordinance Banning Body-Gripping Traps on Town Lands

Death of beloved dog caught in cruel trap spurs action throughout New York

Southampton, NY — Animal advocates praised the Southampton Town Council today for unanimously adopting an ordinance prohibiting the use of Conibear kill traps on all town lands. The new law will be called “Zephyr’s Law.”

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For Immediate Release: 02/23/06

Dangerous Exotic “Pets” Can’t Escape National Spotlight

New investigation documents brazen disregard for animal care, public safety, and the law

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today released the results of an extensive investigation into the largely unregulated private ownership of exotic wild animals kept as “pets” or used as “attractions” at roadside zoos and menageries. The video footage and accompanying report are the most thorough on record and expose disturbing evidence of a lack of concern for public safety and animal welfare by both private owners and federally-licensed facilities across the nation. Major findings included:

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For Immediate Release: 02/23/06

Major Investigation Exposes the Dangerous Reality of Exotic “Pets” in North Carolina

Video tapes document brazen disregard for animal care, public safety, and the law

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today released the results of an extensive investigation into the largely unregulated private ownership of exotic wild animals kept as “pets” or used as “attractions” at roadside zoos and menageries. The video footage and accompanying report are the most thorough on record and expose disturbing evidence of a lack of concern for public safety and animal welfare by both private owners and federally licensed facilities across the nation and specifically, in North Carolina. Major findings include:

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For Immediate Release: 02/23/06

Major Investigation Exposes the Dangerous Reality of Exotic “Pets” in Ohio

Video tapes document brazen disregard for animal care, public safety, and the law

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today released the results of an extensive investigation into the largely unregulated private ownership of exotic wild animals kept as “pets” or used as “attractions” at roadside zoos and menageries. The video footage and accompanying report are the most thorough on record and expose disturbing evidence of a lack of concern for public safety and animal welfare by both private owners and federally licensed facilities across the nation and specifically, in Ohio. Major findings include:

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For Immediate Release: 02/23/06

Major Investigation Exposes the Dangerous Reality of Exotic “Pets” in Washington as Critical Bill Languishes in Senate

Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) today released the results of an extensive investigation into the largely unregulated private ownership of exotic wild animals kept as “pets” or used as “attractions” at roadside zoos and menageries. The video footage and accompanying report are the most thorough on record and expose disturbing evidence of a lack of concern for public safety and animal welfare by both private owners and federally licensed facilities across the nation and specifically, in Washington state. Major findings include:

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For Immediate Release: 01/20/06

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds California Ban on Cruel Traps and Poisons

San Francisco — Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling representing the final chapter in the long-running litigation over Proposition 4, which was adopted by California voters in 1998 to protect pets and wildlife from cruel traps and poisons. The National Trappers Association had challenged the legality of Proposition 4 and had claimed that the state measure is preempted by federal laws. The Court of Appeals has dismissed those claims, affirming the district court’s ruling that the trappers do not have standing to sue, and that Proposition 4 should stand.

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For Immediate Release: 01/19/06

“New” Ringling Show No Different for Mistreated Endangered Elephants

Animal group calls on circus to “keep the rings, lose the chains”

Birmingham, AL — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus (Ringling) touts the arrival of its “all-new” ring-less performance, the Animal Protection Institute (API) tells 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: 01/13/06

Popular Santa Monica Park Squirrels Face Death Sentence

Santa Monica, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) has learned that a mandate issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to the City of Santa Monica to reduce the California ground squirrel population in Palisades Park, Santa Monica, has led to the adoption of an imminent plan to trap and gas a large portion of the squirrel population inhabiting the park.

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