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5 July 2000 Issue

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My
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New Internet Resource, Catalogs Exotic "Pet" Attacks, Escapes, and the Laws Covering Exotic Animal Possession by Private Individuals

SACRAMENTO - Incidents with exotic animals -- lions, tigers, bears, reptiles, monkeys -- kept as "pets" are becoming more prevalent in the United States. Stories of escapes or -- worse yet -- attacks by wild animals in private hands are increasingly common.

To help reporters, elected officials and community activists easily obtain current information on the private possession of exotic animals, the Animal Protection Institute has launched a new web site complete with recorded attacks and escapes that have occurred with privately "owned" exotic animals in the last 5 years.

The site also includes a list of the various State and local laws governing the possession of exotic animals by private individuals. This information, along with background material -- including fact sheets, sample letters to elected officials or news editors, and model ordinances for lawmakers -- is available online at:

"Children and adults have been mauled by tigers, bitten by monkeys and suffocated by snakes. You can take exotic animals out of the wild, but will never be able to control their natural instincts," said Nicole Paquette, Government Affairs Coordinator for the Animal Protection Institute. "By making this information easily available, we hope to give people the tools they need to prevent future tragedies."

For more information about API's campaign against private possession of exotic animals, visit the web site above or contact us at 916-731-5521.

Lawrence Carter-Long
Communications Coordinator, Animal Protection Institute
P.O. Box 22505
Sacramento, CA 95822
916-731-5521 ext. 201

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