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Stressed Great Apes Go Stir-Crazy in Zoos

On March 18, 2004, Jabari, a young gorilla who was as curious and full of life as any human teenager, escaped from his prison cell at the Dallas Zoo, injured four people, and was shot to death by police officers. Since 1990, there have been dozens of similar great ape escapes at zoos, including a September 2003 incident at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo involving a gorilla named Little Joe, who led more than 50 police officers and zoo staff members on a two-hour chase through darkened woods and along a nearby street outside the zoo.

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SUFFERING IN CONFINEMENT?

Berlin's Sad News Bears

By Michael Scott Moore

Never mind the polar bear: Captive brown bears have lived in a
hard-to-find park in Berlin since 1939. They symbolize the city -- a bear
has been on Berlin's coat of arms since at least 1280 -- but do they have
enough Lebensraum? Knutmania has led some activists to ask if the official
mascots have enough space.

While Knut the baby polar bear stumbles twice a day in front of adoring
fans at the Berlin Zoo, doubling the park's stock price and achieving

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USDA to probe dog death at training

Friday, January 12, 2007

By JOE MILICIA
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

CLEVELAND -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will send an inspector to a hospital where a neurosurgeon demonstrating a medical device to salespeople deliberately induced a brain aneurysm in a dog, which was later destroyed.

The Cleveland Clinic, known for its heart center and for treating high-profile patients such as royalty, said that it had not authorized the procedure. The hospital reported itself to the USDA, which regulates animal testing.

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China Bans Hunting Of Wild Leopard And Purchasing Of Leopard Bones

18 Apr 2006

China imposed a ban on hunting wild leopards and purchasing leopard bones from January 1, 2006. The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued on March 21, 2006 A Notice Regarding the Use of Leopard Bones, which specified matters relating to the use of the bones of leopards that belong to an endangered species and required provincial-level food and drug regulatory departments to timely notify relevant drug manufacturers in their jurisdictions and supervise and urge them to implement the notice.

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PETA accuses lab of animal cruelty

From Kathy Benz & Michael McManus
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A leading animal rights group has accused a northern Virginia laboratory of animal cruelty -- including charges of punching and choking lab monkeys -- and has produced a videotape to prove it.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released its findings after an 11-month undercover investigation at an animal-testing lab owned by Covance, a Princeton, New Jersey-based company.

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PETA accuses lab of animal cruelty

From Kathy Benz & Michael McManus
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A leading animal rights group has accused a northern Virginia laboratory of animal cruelty -- including charges of punching and choking lab monkeys -- and has produced a videotape to prove it.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released its findings after an 11-month undercover investigation at an animal-testing lab owned by Covance, a Princeton, New Jersey-based company.

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Poachers killed all tigers in famed Indian park

Fri May 6, 2005

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A federal probe into disappearing tigers in a state-protected reserve has found the entire population of big cats has been wiped out by poachers.

"The special investigation team in its preliminary assessment report has indicated that there was no evidence to prove the presence of tigers in Sariska (national park)," junior Forest Minister Namo Narain Meena said Friday.

"The entire population seemed to have become extinct primarily because of poaching," Meena told parliament's upper house.

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When I Was A Puppy

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple

of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.

Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together.

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