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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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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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