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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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Lions, Eagles and Owls: What Are Zoos Teaching Us About Them?

Published 02/27/12

Ash died suddenly and violently in front of many onlookers, including children. “It was over in seconds,” one woman reportedly stated. “People were horrified. Women and children were screaming. My little boy was in tears.”

Ash was 9 years old and her death seemed to amuse some other folks, according to letters to the editor in response to the news reports.

And what did we learn? The death did happen at a facility that, we are told, is educational.

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Do or Die for the WAO 113

Born Free USA To Rescue More Than 100 Animals

Published 12/06/11
By Tim Ajax, Director, Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

(This story appears in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Born Free USA's Animal Issues Digest.)

Fifi, a rhesus macaque, had been a "pet" in a tiny cage in her owner's New York City basement. Her tail was amputated, probably to facilitate putting diapers on her. Chappy, a crab-eating macaque, was a biomedical research subject; the stress of life in the lab led him to pluck his body bald. Dex, a stumptail macaque, also exploited for research, has only his thumb and index finger on his right hand.

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Lions on the Menu: A Deadly Delicacy

Published 11/28/11
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

(This story appears in the fall/winter 2011 issue of Born Free USA's Animal Issues Digest.)

Near our Washington, DC, office, Serbian Crown, a restaurant known for its Russian and French specialties, is offering a December menu special under Les Gibiers et Volailles (wild game and poultry): Scaloppini of Lion. Thinly sliced lion meat served with wild mushrooms. When we inquired about the source of the meat we were told it was indeed lion meat, imported from Africa, allegedly from a "farm."

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Study Describes Another Problem With Zoos

An Environmental Risk Usually Ignored Is Identified

Published 01/25/10
By Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate

Some recently published research indicates that 75 percent of the zoos in Spain are at risk of having their animals escape, due to inadequate caging or barriers. The study was published in the scientific journal Biological Invasions, and divided the risk between those exhibits with inadequate containment and those where animals could escape “because the public could release them or remove them from their cages or tanks.” The concern of lead researcher Maria C. Fabregas and her team was specifically for the environment and conservation.

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Wear and Care at the Primate Sanctuary

From Animal Issues, Volume 40 Number 3, Fall 2009

Published 08/28/09
By Tim Ajax, Sanctuary Director

The past 8 to 12 months have certainly been very busy at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. As I told you when I introduced myself, we recently completed a new, lush 2.5 acre enclosure for our group of baboons. Initially, I was most concerned about one of our older olive baboons, Boon, and his adjustment to the new surroundings following the 2008 death of his longtime companion, Holly. But Boon is thriving and when he’s not busy roaming the dense underbrush foraging for snacks he can be found perched stoically atop a large fallen tree — free to be a baboon.

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The Commercial Wildlife Trade: An American Disgrace

Published 09/30/08
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate & Gil Lamont, Editor/Content Developer
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 3, Fall 2008

Captured by the thousands from exotic locations, few wild birds survive the long journey to distant pet markets. Primates, rare reptiles, and other species are traded as “pets” to people who don’t understand these animals’ specialized needs. Bears are slaughtered for their gallbladders and paws. Elephants are murdered for their ivory, and young elephants are forcibly torn from their families to be shipped to far-off zoos. Fox, ermine, mink, and other furbearers are ensnared in barbaric traps to provide fur for fashion.

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Rescuing Animals, Worldwide

Published 06/30/08
Source: Animal Issues, Volume 39 Number 2, Summer 2008

“Keep Wildlife in the Wild” is more than just a slogan. It’s the bedrock philosophy of Born Free USA and our colleagues at the UK-based Born Free Foundation. Together, the global Born Free family works tirelessly to save animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.

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