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Posted: 27 October 2015. Updated: 28 October 2015

Ag-Gag law unconstitutional!

The US District Court of Idaho ruled Idaho’s Ag-Gag law violates free speech and equal protection under the US Constitution! This decision is the first to strike down a US Ag-Gag law, which currently exist in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming despite widespread opposition. Pending bills in Colorado and New Mexico – like Missouri’s law – require cruelty reporting within 24hrs, which prevents the long-term evidence gathering typically necessary to uphold such cases.

The ruling held the law violated the First Amendment by suppressing speech against factory farming, and its pointed aim and “animus against animal advocates” violated equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.

Undercover investigations are crucial to ADI’s work, and instrumental to securing legislation that protects animals and people.

Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act

The Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act (HR3546) will prohibit private possession and breeding of lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars and their hybrids.

Approximately 10,000-20,000 such cats are privately owned and bred in the US. Photo/petting operations can only use dangerous cats under 2-3 months old; as a result, there’s a constant cycling of cats with no information on what happens to older animals. In the last 20 years, at least
22 human deaths, 144 cat deaths, 248 maulings, and 260 escapes have been reported related to these species.

Whereas the very nature of domestic cats and dogs has been modified for compliance over thousands of years of breeding, these cats are not pets – they remain wild with all their wild instincts.

Please support the Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act. Contact your members of Congress

Primates denied US sanctuary

ADI applauds US Senator Cassidy and Representative Ellmers for their introduction of the Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act (S1898/HR3294) to permit the import of rescued primates to certified US sanctuaries. The bill defines a certified sanctuary as one that does not commercially trade, breed, or allow public contact, research, offsite exhibition, or unescorted visitation of the animals.

Currently, the US allows the import of tens of thousands of monkeys for experimentation but forbids their import if it saves their lives! Tilin the baboon ADI rescued from a circus in Bolivia could have come to the US, but instead he was found a home in the UK, where he lives happily with Tina.

Tyke Elephant Outlaw

Another award-winning film exposing circus cruelty is Tyke Elephant Outlaw made by Stefan Moore & Susan Lambert. Tyke was stolen from the wild as a baby, forced to perform in circuses, and died in a hail of bullets after escaping in Hawaii. The film tells the powerful, yet tragic story of an elephant who died fighting for her freedom.

When the film screened in Washington DC ADI General Counsel Christina Scaringe was on hand to answer questions on TEAPA. ADI will also do the Q&A with the film when it screens at Green Caravan
Film Festival in London on October 30.

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