Species in Danger of Extinction Shouldn’t be Shot for Profit, Groups Say
San Francisco, CA — Wildlife protection groups filed suit today in the Northern District of California to prevent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) from allowing canned hunting of three endangered antelope species. The plaintiffs include The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Defenders of Wildlife, Born Free USA, the Kimya Institute, and a number of individuals.
Veto Override Attempt Rejected by Overwhelming 2-1 Margin
Washington — Today, the Illinois House of Representatives rejected an attempt to override Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s veto of House Bill 1486, a bill that would have allowed the use of wire neck snares, by a decisive vote of 37-74. A coalition of animal welfare organizations representing more than 600,000 Illinois constituents applauded the landslide victory.
Sacramento, CA — The Animal Protection Institute (API) applauds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for signing into law a bill that will implement, enforce, and improve the state’s existing exotic animal laws. AB 820, sponsored by API and introduced by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland following an incident involving a loose 352-pound tiger in her district, will provide greater protections for exotic animals residing within the state of California.
API Calls on Washington Legislature to Enact Stronger Laws
Sacramento, CA — In light of the recent incident in Lewis County where a five-year-old boy was bitten by a tiger cub, the Animal Protection Institute (API) is calling attention to the inherent dangers associated with keeping exotic animals and is urging Washington state lawmakers to prohibit the private possession of dangerous exotic animals as pets by passing the Exotic Pets Bill during the 2006 legislative session.
International Coalition of Animal Welfare Groups Challenges IUCN’s President to Reverse Inhumane Trapping Resolution
Basel — As the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Union Council meets today at its head office in Gland, Switzerland, a global alliance of animal protection organizations is urging IUCN President, Mr. Valli Moosa, to reverse an IUCN resolution that supports unnecessary animal cruelty.
Never-Before-Seen Video Footage and Photographs Reveal Ringling Elephant Abuse
Press Conference 11:00am, Thursday, Sept. 22 on West Capitol Steps
Sacramento, CA — As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into town on Thursday, Tom Rider, who worked with Ringling Bros. animals for two and a half years, will expose a major cover-up in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) exonerated Ringling Bros. from any responsibility for the death of a baby elephant. The agency cast aside ample evidence and concluding remarks from its own investigator that Ringling Bros.’ treatment of the elephant “precipitated in the physical harm and ultimate death of the animal.”
Animal Advocates Commend Governor Blagojevich’s Veto of Bill that Would Expand Use of Cruel Snares in Illinois
Springfield, IL — Animal welfare organizations, activated by more than 600,000 Illinois constituents, lobbied Governor Rod R. Blagojevich to veto House Bill 1486. Sponsored by the fur-industry lobby organization “Fur Takers of America,” HB 1486 would have allowed trappers to use wire neck snares to trap and strangle several species of fur-bearing animals. Citing humane concerns, Governor Blagojevich vetoed the bill.
Groups Laud Action as Important Safety Measure
Sacramento, CA — Effective today, a regulation has been enacted in Kentucky that will prohibit the future private possession of tigers, lions, monkeys, bears, venomous reptiles, and other dangerous wildlife. One of the most comprehensive restrictions on the keeping of exotic animals as “pets” in the United States, the regulation also prohibits existing animals from being bred.