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Change a Life. Adopt a Primate.

Will you "adopt" a primate at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary? Adoptions help us provide the monkeys with nutritious food, expert care, and critical rehabilitation. Adoption packages are available for $25, $52, or $100 per year, or become a Primate Sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 or more. You can adopt Carly, Grinch, Khy, Nala, Friendly, or Mig (pictured to the right): a young female bonnet macaque who arrived at the sanctuary in 2006 after spending her entire life in a laboratory. Adopt today and give the gift of a brighter tomorrow!

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Urge California to Regulate Dangerous Hybrid Cats

In California and across the country, domestic cats are being bred with wild cats such as servals, Asian leopard cats, jungle cats, and bobcats to create potentially dangerous hybrid cat breeds. Though current California law restricts ownership of wild animals including wild cats, there is an exemption for domestic cats and their hybrids. Attend a meeting on October 8, which will be held to decide whether to regulate these hybrids. And please send an email to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife by this Friday, October 3 to explain that regulating these cats is essential for the safety of California residents—and wildlife.

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H.R. 3513: Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act

Purpose: This bill would amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use or possession of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on 11/15/13.

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Born Free USA Launches Poetry Writing Contest for Children in Conjunction with 13th Annual National Bird Day January 5, 2015

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, announced a poetry contest for children ages 5 to 18, in conjunction with the 13th Annual National Bird Day (January 5, 2015). Submissions will be accepted beginning today through December 15, 2014, and the winning poems will be published on the Born Free USA and National Bird Day websites and in Born Free USA’s national magazine, Animal Issues Digest.

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Elephants: Critical to America’s National Security

Protecting elephants is not only a conservation imperative, but a security necessity. Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed in Africa to feed the $7 to $10 billion global demand for ivory. Organized crime syndicates, terrorist organizations, and even government militaries are taking advantage of these record high prices, and the illicit ivory industry is becoming increasingly militarized. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, "The elephant poaching crisis has reached historic levels and, shockingly, some elephant populations face extinction in our lifetime."

Link: Roll Call

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