Summer 2003

Cougar, Summer 2003 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Frans Lanting/courtesy of Minden Picturesphotographed by Frans Lanting/courtesy of Minden Pictures
Volume
52
Number
3
About the Cover

In 1995, USA Today reported that three-year old Jacob Swartz of Quinlan, Texas was mauled by a cougar. His six-year old sister, Erin, also suffered injuries. This was not some random, unpreventable attack in the woods; the cougar was the family pet who escaped while his pen was being cleaned. The cougar was shot and killed. Though big cats, like the cougar on our cover (photographed by Frans Lanting/courtesy of Minden Pictures), may start out as cute and cuddly cubs, they eventually grow into their wild and potentially dangerous natural selves. Increasingly, people are keeping wild animals as pets: lions, tigers, bears, bobcats, reptiles, amphibians, and rodents from across the globe. It is outright dangerous to keep exotic animals as companions; they can hurt their human attendants, escape and harm other domestic and native animals, and carry diseases such as monkeypox that can be transferred to humans. Exotic animals in poor facilities such as roadside zoos can pose similar dangers as their keepers are ill-equipped to care for these animals appropriately (see story pages 8-10).

Photo by Frans Lanting/courtesy of Minden Pictures

Table of Contents

Chico, a 25-year old chimpanzee, spends his days in solitary confinement at a roadside zoo in South Carolina. As a result of his deprivation, he engages in stereotypic rocking, pacing, and head bobbing, indicators that...
Summer 2003 Volume 52 Number 3
Just in time for the swirl of activity in Cancun, AWI is pleased to announce a new addition to its colorful and informative brochure series—"Free Trade."
EATING APES By Dale Peterson; photographs and Afterward by Karl Ammann; University of California Press Berkeley, California 2003; ISBN: 0-520-23090-6; 333 pages, $24.95
After more than two decades of abysmal cruelty and environmental degradation, the Ohio Department of Agriculture finally ordered the closure of all 90 Buckeye egg factories. Buckeye's demise is due in large part to the...
The U.S. Congress is currently engaged in a two-pronged attack against the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), one of our most important animal protection laws.
The headlines are as frightening as they are surreal: "Pet Tiger Euthanized After Biting Pregnant Woman," "Lion Lurking on Tri-State Streets," "Supersized Snake Slithers Out of Tank in 'Slick' Escape." Unfortunately, the reality behind these...
In Fall of 2000, Professor Chuck Talbott of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU) invited Diane Halverson to speak about AWI's humane husbandry standards for pigs at a Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)...
Jeffrey Doth of International Exotic Wildlife in Houston, Texas is in trouble again. In April, Doth shipped approximately 800 small mammals of nine different species from Ghana to the United States. A number of these...
As anarchy reigns in the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands, about 200 dolphins were cruelly captured for export to amusement parks in Mexico and possibly Asia. Despite an international outcry by animal protection...
For more than a decade AWI has reported on the draconian trade rules governing global commerce: the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the monolithic World...
The differences of opinion at the annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission are so familiar and fundamental that observers have become accustomed to deadlock. But this year in Berlin, where the Commission met in...
A USTR factsheet on "U.S. Pork Industry & Trade" cheers America's annual export of over 700 thousand metric tons of pork, valued at more than $1.5 billion. This, claims USTR, generates "wealth and create[s] good...
Tony and Sue Renger and their three children live in the Baraboo Hills of southwestern Wisconsin, close to urban and rural customers who appreciate the Rengers' humane pig husbandry. Their Willow Creek Farm (WCF) products...