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Petition to Prohibit Public Contact with Certain Exotic Animals

Published 05/13/14

Position: Support

Under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), licensed owners of big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates can allow the public to interact with the animals. This fact prompted Born Free USA, along with several other organizations, to file a petition with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to request that the AWA be amended.

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Bloody Ivory

Published 05/13/14

The following story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Born Free USA’s magazine, Animal Issues Digest.

There it was, on display in Denver, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: nearly six tons of elephant ivory seized by dedicated U.S. wildlife law enforcement agents over more than two decades. Huge tusks — some raw, some carved; walking canes with ivory handles, ivory inlays; statues spread out across a long table, intricately carved, and some, with deadly irony, depicting elephant images; and a glass box brimming with jewelry: ivory necklaces, ivory bracelets, ivory earrings.

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What to Look For in an Ecotour

Published 05/13/14

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism is projected to remain one of the world's biggest industries, generating more than $3.5 trillion in economic activity annually. Ecotourism is one of the most rapidly growing and dynamic sectors of the tourism market.

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Will Chinese Elephants Be Forgotten?

Published 01/23/13

The following article was published by the Born Free Foundation on Jan. 21, 2013.

We have heard from our colleagues at the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Animals Asia the wonderful news about the release of the five young elephant calves destined for zoos in China. They arrived at Umfurudzi Park early Jan. 19. Here they will undergo rehabilitation and integration with other elephants within the secured national park.

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Partners = Possibility

Published 12/01/12
By Will Travers, Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer

The following story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Born Free USA’s magazine, Animal Issues Digest.

There are times, in our intense, seemingly endless efforts to relieve animals from the cruelty and exploitation they endure, when we feel quite alone. Late nights poring over ivory trade data; meeting in office after office with lawmakers about humane legislation; seeking donations from all corners of the country to ensure we can guarantee the highest levels of care for the individual animals who rely on our compassionate stewardship.

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Protection, or Plunder?

Published 12/01/12
By Adam M. Roberts, Born Free USA Executive Vice President

The following story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Born Free USA’s magazine, Animal Issues Digest.

“CITES is a disaster, isn’t it?” The question could not have been more blunt and to the point. The journalist was filming me on a steamy summer afternoon in Geneva, Switzerland, outside the meeting room where the Standing Committee to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) was debating the future of elephant ivory trade, the export of wild-caught gray parrots from Cameroon, and China’s role in the disastrous trade in tiger parts.

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Please Let the NOAA Know You Oppose Beluga Whale Imports

Published 10/22/12

The following represents a suggested letter to be sent by Oct. 29, 2012, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to protest the Georgia Aquarium's planned importation of beluga whales. If you submit comments through the government agency's official website, please feel free to personalize them. You can find the agency's comment-writing tips here.

I respectfully ask that you not issue the permit for the importation of 18 beluga whales captured from the Russian Sea of Okhotsk to the Georgia Aquarium.

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2012 Wildlife Photo Contest: The Winners!

Published 07/18/12

Minnesotans dominated our second annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Photo Contest, as Anne Girton of Edina captured first place and Susan Winkelman of Minneapolis was runner-up.

For her winning entry, a picture of a cedar waxwing taken June 2, 2012, in Chaska, Girton will receive a Born Free USA merchandise gift basket. Winkelman tells us her fox photo was taken on June 2, 2012, about 20 miles west of Minneapolis.

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