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Documentary Explores Lives of Captive Elephants

Watch Elephant in the Room: an award-winning short documentary that uncovers the plight of captive elephants across Europe. The impetus for this project was a report commissioned by Born Free Foundation called Innocent Prisoner. Narrated by Born Free founder Virginia McKenna OBE and produced entirely by British film students, Elephant in the Room presents a compelling investigation into the isolation and loneliness of elephants in captivity.

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Primates in a Pet Store?

The primate trade continues to be a serious issue, both in the U.S. and abroad. Read Pet Shop Primates, a new report commissioned by Born Free Foundation, which explores the sale of primates in licensed British pet shops. And, if you haven’t already, please urge your legislator to support the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S. 1463) to protect primates in the U.S.

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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 Supports Representative Peter DeFazio’s New Bill to Deter Ivory Trade

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, applauds Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for introducing a bill today that will enhance America’s ability to deter nations from allowing ivory trade to flourish. The Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (TUSKER) Act will require certain nations to work with the U.S. on anti-poaching efforts, or face sanctions if they fail to cooperate. Illegal trafficking in ivory is directly responsible for shocking declines in elephant populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the threat to elephants on the ground.

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Rep. DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Curb Illegal Ivory Trafficking

On September 11, 2014, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced legislation that would impose trade sanctions on countries that facilitate ivory trafficking. According to Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, “The international illicit ivory trade is being driven by dangerous organized crime syndicates in Africa and Asia and must be stopped. Elephants continue to be slaughtered at record levels; heroic park rangers are literally laying their lives on the line to keep them safe; and national security in the most vulnerable parts of Africa is made more fragile. Congressman DeFazio deserves the full support of all Members of Congress for tackling this significant issue head-on.”

Link: defazio.house.gov

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