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Go Nuts! Go Bananas!

Let your friend or family member think that you've gone nuts or gone bananas for his/her birthday, anniversary, or special occasion by sending a gift that feeds the monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! When you Go Nuts for the Monkeys or Go Bananas for the Monkeys, your recipient will receive a card stating that you’ve donated a bag of peanuts or a case of bananas to the rescued baboons, macaques, and vervets on his/her behalf. Give the gift that makes both humans and animals happy!

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Have You Seen All That Born Free Has Done Lately?

Urge your U.S. Representative to protect elephants by co-sponsoring the Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in Their Range Act—also known as the TUSKER Act (H.R. 5454).

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is kicking off around the country this month. Look for Born Free USA (CFC #10473) under Wild Animals Worldwide in your campaign brochure.

Our colleagues at the Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA) just completed another exciting wildlife law enforcement operation targeting criminals who sell great apes.

An orphaned baby hippo named Douglas has been successfully released back into the wild after being rescued and rehabilitated by the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET) in Zambia.

The Born Free Foundation, a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is working to help protect, conserve, and effectively manage the world’s forests to maintain biodiversity and counter climate change.

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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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Veteran SeaWorld Trainer Resigns

A veteran animal trainer from Orlando SeaWorld quit on September 12, posting the news to his Facebook account. He wrote, “I wouldn’t have walked away if I wasn’t justified in doing so… These last few days have been my absolute breaking point. I can no longer stand behind or support this company.” SeaWorld has faced criticism since the 2013 release of the documentary Blackfish.

Link: The Vision Times

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