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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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Legislation

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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U.S. Congress to Consider Sanctions Against Nations that Traffic Ivory

A new bill, introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio, could allow the U.S. to impose sanctions on countries that refuse to enact anti-poaching laws, essentially forcing those governments to save their wildlife—before it’s too late. Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, argues that the sanctions could provide a powerful incentive to prosecute ivory traders. “The countries implicated in the ivory trade—those that are not doing enough to stop the poaching and reduce demand—will be expected to increase law enforcement, bolster customs operations to uncover trafficking operations, prevent ivory from being re-exported,” Roberts said.

Link: The Dodo

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