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Groundbreaking Investigative Report Reveals Shocking Details

Born Free USA, seeking an accurate and complete picture of the depths of elephant poaching, commissioned C4ADS and its expert defense analysts to examine the military, national security, and localized conflict aspects of elephant poaching and the ivory trade. Our groundbreaking report reveals, in detail, the threats to elephants across Africa. Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa was released today, and its findings are truly alarming. To learn more, visit our website and watch this video (WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE).

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New Yorkers: Help Us Keep Orcas Out of Captivity!

Senator Ball (R-40) recently introduced bill S. 6613 to prohibit orcas from being kept in sea parks or aquariums, and we need you to speak out in support of it!

Also, remember to join us in New York City on May 2 for The Art of Wildlife Conservation: A Cocktail Reception to Benefit Born Free USA! RSVP to hannah@bornfreeusa.org by April 30 if you plan to attend. Can't make it to New York City? You can also place an absentee bid on our wonderful auction items.

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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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New Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Confirms Organized Crime, Government Corruption, and Militia Links to Elephant Poaching and the Ivory Trade

Washington D.C.-- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” one of the most shocking, rigorous and in-depth analyses of elephant poaching and the ivory trade to date. The report examines links to violent militias, organized crime, government corruption, and ivory trade to Asia. It further exposes the widespread transnational illicit participants deeply interwoven into the system that moves ivory. The full report is available at www.bornfreeusa.org/ivoryscurse.

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In Idaho, Poachers Kill More Wildlife Than do Wolves

Idaho conservation officials report that illegal hunters likely kill more wildlife than do wolves. “Wolves are causing an impact, there is no doubt about it,” said the Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer. “I don’t want to downplay that at all, but (poachers) are probably killing more or stealing more game than wolves.”

Link: Discovery News

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