ASPCA pays Ringling $9.3 million to end litigation after losing bid to = halt use of elephants

From ANIMAL PEOPLE Jan-Feb 2013

NEW YORK CITY —The American SPCA on December 28, 2012 announced that it has paid $9.3 million to Feld Entertainment Inc., producer of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to settle two federal court cases originating from allegations that Ringling abuses elephants, thereby violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Read more

Bred for labs, 70 beagles find homes instead

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

CHENNAI––Seventy beagle puppies bred in China by Beijing Marshall Biotechnology Co.,  Ltd for laboratory use were instead on December 19,  2012 adopted into homes by the Blue Cross of India. Bought by the Bangalore pharmaceutical firm Advinus Thereapeutics,  the beagle pups were flown to Chennai on October 19,  2012 by Cathay Pacific Airways,  misidentified as pets on transport documents. Read more

Animals Asia Foundation saves Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre and halts Zimbabwe/China baby elephant deal––in same week

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

HONG KONG,  HANOI,  HARARE––The Animals Asia Foundation on January 16,  2013 won a six-month battle against the ordered eviction of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre from the edge of Tam Dao National Park,  Vietnam––and just three days later won the cancellation of a controversial sale of baby elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Read more

Indonesian bear sanctuary fights closure

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Balikpapan,  East Kalimantan,  Indonesia––Sun bears,  the smallest of the bear family,  are known for their seemingly ceaseless foraging in the wild.  Yet a decade after sun bears were made the official mascots of Balikpapan,  the most affluent city in East Kalimantan,  Indonesia,  in part in appreciation of their industriousness,  chief city councilor Andi Burhanuddin Solong reportedly wants to disenfranchise them because he views them as “lazy.” Read more

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