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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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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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Downright Unbearable

Published 06/01/12
By Tracy Coppola, Born Free USA Program Associate

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

I will never forget the first time I saw a bear in the wild. I was hiking over a small bridge in Juneau, Alaska, and stopped to marvel at the beauty of the wilderness surrounding me and the water beneath me.

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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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Born Free USA Leads Initiative in Hawaii to Protect Bears from Global Trade

Published 01/20/12

Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, is urging Hawaii lawmakers to join the majority of U.S. states that fully prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders. Throughout the U.S. mainland, bears are killed for their gallbladders and bile. Hawaii is one of the few states that still allow trade of bear gallbladders. Although Hawaii lacks a wild bear population, this allowance — and the state’s location &mdash, could encourage bear poaching globally, compromises bans already in place on the mainland, and puts bears everywhere at risk.

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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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N.Y. Passes Bear Trade Bill — a Step Forward

Published 06/21/11

Update (August 2011): Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill into law. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

The New York Legislature has officially passed legislation to restrict the trade in bear gallbladders and bile, an issue brought to the Legislature’s attention by Born Free USA.

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