Animal Protection Institute

The Animal Protection Institute (API) is a national animal advocacy nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1968, API's mission is to advocate for the protection of animals from cruelty and exploitation.

More than thirty years of fighting animal abuse and exploitation have given API tools that work. Whether it's the courts, the legislatures, the ballot box, their nationwide team of grassroots activists at the community level, working closely with individual advocates, forming coalitions with other national or state animal advocacy groups or using their position as a major media resource to focus national attention on the abuse of animals anywhere and everywhere, API gets the job done.

API encourages grassroots activism through our Action Alert Team of volunteers throughout the nation. API keeps members and interested parties informed of our progress through our quarterly magazine, Animal Issues, our 9 Bulletins a year, numerous Fact Sheets and Reports, and this website.

For more information, or to contact Animal Protection Institute, see their website at: www.api4animals.org

» Recent News

New API Video Exposes the Cruel Truth Behind Wildlife Trapping
25 Jun 02 | API is excited to announce availability of our new trapping video CULL OF THE WILD: The Truth Behind Trapping. Featuring new and archival footage and exclusive interviews with trappers, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, members of Congress, and...

San Benito County Ends Taxpayer-Subsidized Wildlife Killing
12 Jun 02 | The San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to withdraw its support of a controversial federal predator control program that kills thousands of wild animals in the county each year to benefit private livestock ranchers. In 2000, ...

Animal Advocates Win Legal Battle with California Fish & Game
15 Apr 02 | Late last year, the Animal Protection Institute (API) and the Fund for Animals sued the California Department of Fish and Game (CF&G) for its failure to enforce and comply with state laws governing captive wild animals. Only three months after ...

Animal Groups Ask Fish & Game to Give Nuisance Wildlife a Helping Hand
11 Apr 02 | The Fund for Animals and the Animal Protection Institute are teaming up to urge the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (F&G) to change its regulations pertaining to wildlife control operators (WCOs). "For example, allowing WCOs to sell the ...

Proposals To Increase Killing of Wisconsin Wildlife Draws Fire
08 Apr 02 | The Animal Protection Institute (API) is encouraging its members and every Wisconsin resident to speak out against increased killing of wildlife. - API opposes several other proposals to increase the killing of bear, elk, deer and other Wisconsin...

Proposal To Kill More California Black Bears Decried
03 Apr 02 | Ignoring public opinion, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has proposed a rule change that would allow hunters to kill 200 more black bears in California each year, from 1,500 to 1,700 bears. However, the Animal Protection ...

Utah Slaughters Olympic Mascot
01 Feb 02 | The coyote is one of the official mascots for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. API and other wildlife advocacy organizations have urged SLOC President Mitt Romney, U.S. Olympic Committee President Sandra Baldwin, and Utah Governor Mike Leavitt to ...

UC Davis Sued Over Primate Center Expansion
07 Jan 02 | The Animal Protection Institute (API) & In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a lawsuit Friday (January 4) seeking to block the proposed expansion of the California Regional Primate Research Center (CRPRC) at UC Davis. However, that "need" ...

California Fish & Game Sued for Ignoring State Code Regulations
24 Oct 01 | SACRAMENTO -- In a suit filed today with the Superior Court of California, the Animal Protection Institute (API) and the Fund for Animals called for the California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) to enforce provisions of state Fish and Game codes ...

Expansion of UC Davis Primate Lab Challenged
15 Oct 01 | SACRAMENTO -- In comments filed today with the Office of Resource Management and Planning, the Animal Protection Institute (API) strongly opposed plans by UC Davis (UCD) to expand the California Regional Primate Research Center. API requests that...

Controversial Anti-Circus Billboards, Protests Welcome Ringling Bros. to Sacramento
04 Sep 01 | Controversial Anti-Circus Billboards, Protests Welcome Ringling Bros. The billboards, sponsored by United Animal Nations (UAN) and the Animal Protection Institute (API), encourage people to, "Say NO to Animal Circuses."

Stop Torturing Animals for Pet Food Research! Demand Animal Advocates
06 Aug 01 | Stop Torturing Animals for Pet Food Research! Allegations of cruel pet food research by Iams first surfaced May 27 after an investigation by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and Uncaged.

Animal Protection Institute Wins Right to Court Hearing on USDA's Poison Location Records
19 Jul 01 | The court found that the Animal Protection Institute (API) "is entitled to intervene as a matter of right." In the initial case in Washington, DC, API used the FOIA to request information on Compound 1080 locations from the USDA.

Controversial Anti-Circus Billboards Welcome Ringling Bros. to Los Angeles
16 Jul 01 | Controversial Anti-Circus Billboards Welcome Ringling Bros. The billboards, sponsored by United Animal Nations (UAN) and the Animal Protection Institute (API), encourage people to, "Say NO to Animal Circuses."

Residential Poisoning of Cottontail Rabbits Banned in Orange County
10 Jul 01 | ORANGE COUNTY -- The poisoning of cottontail rabbits in gated communities and golf courses in Orange County has been prohibited by the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation as of June 16, 2001. Under the new rules, cottontails can be taken by the poison ...

Internal Memo Reveals Colorado Division of Wildlife to Recommend Trapping & Hunting Season for Two Imperiled Species
27 Jun 01 | "CDOW's recommendation flies in the face of public sentiment," said Camilla Fox, Wildlife Program Coordinator for the Animal Protection Institute. To recommend trapping and hunting of two imperiled species is biologically irresponsible," said ...

International Campaign Calls for an End to Air France's Cargoes of Misery
04 Jun 01 | An international coalition of animal advocates is calling on Air France to stop its cruel trade in primates destined for research. "Air France is one of the few airlines still shipping primates for experiments internationally," says Alan Berger, ...

Activists File Suit to Protect Cottontail Rabbits from Deadly Poison
12 Apr 01 | Information supplied by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the Animal Protection Institute (API) suggests that the California Department of Fish and Game is allowing the illegal killing of cottontail rabbits with the deadly poison Diphacinone. "...

VegFest 2001
20 Mar 01 | In observance of "The Great American Meatout," the Animal Protection Institute (API) is hosting VegFest 2001 on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at Cesar Chavez Plaza (9th and J Streets) in Sacramento from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The largest Meatout event of...

Federal Government Sued Over Aerial Gunning of Wildlife
06 Mar 01 | Washington, DC -- A lawsuit filed in federal court today seeks to stop the aerial gunning of wildlife until the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program (WS) and the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ...

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