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Traps Set For Wildlife Crush Cats, Dogs

Published 09/14/10

Born Free USA (BFUSA) estimates that more than 300,000 non-target animals are the unintended victims of body-crushing wildlife traps set each year. Cats and dogs are injured or killed, suffering excruciating pain and losing limbs, as a result of the remorseless jaws of leghold traps, Conibear traps and snares set for wild animals, who trappers capture and strip for fur.

Link: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Examiner

Mutilated Body Parts Found in British Columbia Park

Published 09/13/10

A disturbing collection of discarded animal parts has been found in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, British Columbia. Park wardens found 35 kilograms of bear and deer meat, marine and freshwater fish, shellfish and the hide and paws of a black bear.

Link: CTV British Columbia Warning: The story's slideshow contains graphic images.


When Animals and Humans Collide

Published 09/09/10

Born Free USA's senior program associate, Monica Engebretson, recently was interviewed by Shannon Devereaux Sanford of WTBQ radio in New York. They talked about urban and suburban conflicts between animals and humans. Listen to the 11-minute, 30-second interview.

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Bear Attack Highlights Ohio's Lax Laws on Exotic Animals

Published 09/08/10

The bear that recently killed a caretaker in a Cleveland suburb was the latest example of animal violence in a state that has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.

Link: Associated Press/The Washington Examiner

Will Aging Chimps Get to Retire, or Face Medical Research?

Published 09/07/10

Flo and the 185 other chimpanzees who live at the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico have not been research subjects for nearly a decade. Now, however, the National Institutes of Health decided to move the elderly chimps to Texas for more research. Animals rights advocates are outraged, including Born Free USA.

Link: The New York Times

Five Penguin Species Designated as ‘Threatened’

Published 09/02/10

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has updated the status of five penguin species as “threatened” effective today (Sept. 2), under the Endangered Species Act — meaning the species are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. The five penguin species in question are the yellow-eyed penguin, white-flippered penguin, Fiordland crested penguin, Humboldt penguin and erect-crested penguin. They will be added to the federal lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.

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Famed Artist's Captive Monkey Attacks Hairdresser, Who Files Suit

Published 09/01/10

A Queens hairdresser is suing a famed artist and owner of a fancy upstate bed-and-breakfast after his pet capuchin monkey mauled her during a weekend visit.

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Alligator 'pets' on the loose in Chicago

Published 08/24/10
By By Tammy Webber, Associated Press

CHICAGO – Two gators in the Chicago River. One strolling down a Massachusetts street. Another in bustling New York City. And that's just in the past few weeks. From North Dakota to Indiana, alligators are showing up far from their traditional southern habitats.

Link: Yahoo! News

Man killed by bear owned by unlicensed 'exotic-pet showman'

Published 08/23/10

A 24-year-old Elyria, Ohio, man has died after being mauled Aug. 18 by a bear owned by Sam Mazzola, an exotic-pet showman who has battled with authorities over his animals for decades. In 2008, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that Mazzola was permanently stripped of his federal license to exhibit exotic animals. He was fined $13,950 for exhibiting his bear-wrestling act without a license; refusing to allow an inspection of an exhibit; threatening, abusing and harassing federal officials; and illegally selling skunks at an Elyria store.

Link: The Plain Dealer

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The circus sends kids the wrong message about animals

Published 08/13/10

What are we teaching children when we take them to watch animals be exploited for a few minutes of "entertainment"? Teaching children to be kind and considerate of animals not only creates a sensitivity and respect for animals, but as they grow into adults, those feelings manifest themselves in respectful and considerate interaction with each other. Isn't that what we human beings should be striving for in our lives?

Link: San Jose Mercury News

Victory for Wolves!

Published 08/06/10

A federal judge in Montana has stopped the killing of wolves in Montana and Idaho by ordering the wolves put back on the federal threatened list.

Judge Molloy ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had illegally stripped the northern Rockies gray wolf of its Endangered Species Act protections in 2009 by relying on political, rather than biological, reasoning.

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Pack up your pachyderms, B.C. tells American circus

Enviro officials cite lax safety under the big top

Published 08/06/10

While protecting the circus-going public is laudable (the risk is real) it’s clear to informed and compassionate people that circuses make play-things out of animals who are forced to perform silly stunts and degrading acts, and are far too often abused behind the scenes and kept in close confinement. The new law is a good step in the right direction by British Columbia, and three cheers for its prompt enforcement.

Link: http://www.theprovince.com

N.J. authorizes hunting of black bears

Published 08/04/10

Once again the overpopulation excuse is provided for allowing the hunt; this time for black bears in New Jersey. As we know, the biological truth is that animals regulate their own populations, based upon available food and habitat. In nature, unaltered by humans, there is no such thing as a "surplus" (or "game") animal. Feel free to let the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Bob Martin, hear about your disappointment.

Link: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/07/21/NJ-authorizes-hunting-of-black-bears/UPI-65501279747811/

Lion-bone wine latest threat to survival of Africa's big cats

Published 08/04/10

With the recent stories of lion meat burgers being served in the states in "honor" of the recent World Cup it is a little less surprising – but still just as tragic – to hear about another totally unnecessary product threatening lions; tiger-bone wine. That's right, tiger bone wine. Can you believe that lion bones have become a cheap substitute for tiger bones?!

Link: http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/07/lion-bone-wine-threatens-big-cats.html

Born Free USA applauds New Mexico Gov. Richardson for ordering temporary trapping ban to protect the Mexican Grey Wolf

Published 08/03/10

The Mexican wolf is one of the most endangered animals in North America. The decline in Mexican wolf population has numerous causes, including targeted killing, disease and genetic problems. By their very design traps are inherently cruel and indiscriminate and pose serious risk to wildlife including threatened and endangered species. This ban although temporary, will go far in protecting the Mexican Grey wolf and will hopefully lead to a permanent trapping ban in wolf territory.

Link: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/press.php?id=1661

West Virginia City Passes Ordinance Requiring a License for Exotic "Pets"

Published 07/14/10

Following the frightening incident involving escape of a 9-foot python, later found dead under a neighbor's home, the city of Ravenswood West Virginia passed an ordinance requiring owners of exotic pets to obtain a license and pay a fee to the city.

Link: http://dailymail.com/News/201007070923

Operation Uncovers Illegal Rhino Horn and Ivory Trade

Published 05/20/10

A coordinated operation undertaken by INTERPOL and supported by Born Free Foundation has resulted in the closure of an illegal ivory factory in Africa and the confiscation of hundreds of kilos of elephant ivory and rhino horn. The sting, dubbed “Operation Mogatle” in honor of the late assistant director of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks, was the third coordinated effort of its kind in the past three years.

Link: http://www.interpol.int

Victory for Bears!

Born Free USA applauds California Citizens for Standing up for Bears

Published 04/21/10

Thanks to the efforts of animal advocates including Born Free USA and our members the California Department of Fish and Game rescinded its bear hunting proposal that would have expanded bear hunting across the state, increased the number of bears killed, and allowed the use of high tech equipment on bear hunting hounds.

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Is a Ban on the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses in England Imminent?

Published 04/15/10
By Born Free Foundation News Release, March 6, 2010

Our Animal Loving Public has spoken — and the Government is listening. Today Jim Fitzpatrick, The Animal Welfare Minister, announced that the huge response to the Government’s consultation on keeping wild animals to perform in circuses clearly indicated that this is no longer acceptable and he is ‘minded to pursue a ban on the use of these animals in circuses’.

Born Free Foundation has long campaigned for such a ban and has actively participated in the Government consultation process, believing firmly that a complete ban is the only humane and sensible approach. This view is shared by over 94% of those who responded.

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Born Free USA urges the “Darth Vader of Dolphins” to leave the Dark Side

Published 04/02/10

Born Free USA applauds the recent announcement by notorious dolphin trader Chris Porter that he will stop capturing and trading dolphins and that he plans to release his remaining 17 dolphins back to the wild.

According to Porter, he is known as the “Darth Vader of dolphins,” having captured and sold more than 83 dolphins to aquaria around the world, a moniker that will surely change soon if he keeps his word.

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State House OKs ban on primates as pets

Published 03/23/10

As we know first-hand from some of the primates who come to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary because they were too aggressive or their "owners" became so frightened that the monkey never left their small cage, primates don't make good pets. And can in fact be downright dangerous. We're glad to see that the majority of Illinois lawmakers agree.

State House OKs ban on primates as pets
Steve Contorno
Sun-Times Springfield Bureau


Born Free USA raises concerns about delisting the gray wolf

Published 03/19/10

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are asking the federal government to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened species, saying the state's wolf population has fully recovered and is beginning to cause more conflicts. ... However, at least one animal advocacy group is concerned about Minnesota's petition to remove the wolf from federal protection. Born Free USA, a California-based group involved in the lawsuit to keep the wolf on the endangered list, believes it might be too soon to lift protections for the wolf.

DNR asks feds to remove gray wolf from endangered list
Elizabeth Dunbar
Minnesota Public Radio

Ignoring the Plight of Polar Bears

Published 03/19/10

Ignoring the plight of polar bears, CITES Parties gathered in Doha at the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to hasten the polar bear's demise by failing to support an uplisting to Appendix I which would have banned all international commercial trade in the bears and their parts.

Follow Born Free USA's reporting of the daily battles of CITES at our CITES tracker.

Death Knell for Polar Bears as CITES Votes Against Conservation
PRNewswire

Killer Whale Kills Trainer at Orlando’s SeaWorld

Published 02/25/10

Wednesday’s death of an orca trainer by Shamu was not an accident — it was an accident waiting to happen. American lives are put at risk in the name of entertainment. There is zero conservation or education value to killer whales performing stunts in captivity. Born Free USA believes that wildlife belongs in the wild. The only question is how many captive wild animal attacks have to happen before our citizens stop attending such events and legislators work to close down these dangerous animal acts.

Vote in the New York Daily News poll if whales should be kept in captivity.

 

Ivory in our own Back Yard

Published 01/19/10

Two men have been indicted in California on charges of smuggling ivory from endangered African elephants into the United States. Samart Chokchoyma of Thailand is accused of selling the ivory on eBay to Moun Chau of Montclair, Calif. Prosecutors in Los Angeles said Tuesday that both men are charged with violating an international treaty that protects endangered species....

Born Free USA has extensive material on the wildlife trade, of which ivory smuggling is just a part.

2 men indicted in Calif. for ivory smuggling
Associated Press
The Washington Post


Tiger mauling highlights need for restrictions on private possession of exotic animals

Published 01/12/10

A leading rights group that works to protect the well-being of wild animals in Canada says that the mauling death of an Ontario man by his tiger is a wake-up call to governments at all levels to prevent people from owning exotic animals. Rob Laidlaw, the executive director of Zoo Check Canada, said the death of Norman Buwalda on Sunday was the result of Ontario's weak laws that make it too easy for people to keep wild animals as pets without any oversight. ... Barry Kent MacKay, the Canadian representative of Born Free USA, another animal rights group, said his organization has been warning communities for years to toughen laws. "We warned these communities to pass these bylaws, because people can have a plethora of animals," MacKay said. "Private owners don't see the danger, they think everything is fine."

Animal groups urge tougher laws after Ontario tiger owner killed
Mark Iype, Canwest News Service
National Post


Ringling Bros. Circus Decision

Published 12/31/09

After years of legal wrangling, a decision has been rendered in the Ringling Bros. Circus case. Unfortunately, Judge Emmet Sullivan dismissed the case on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked legal "standing" to pursue their claims. Because he dismissed the case for a lack of jurisdiction, the Judge did not address any of the extensive evidence in the case which showed that the Asian elephants are kept on chains for hours on end and are hit with bull hooks to make them perform tricks in the circus.

Judge rules in favor of circus in lawsuit over treatment of Asian elephants
Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post


A defensive reaction to our Fur Farm Report

Published 12/18/09

A national animal rights group is blasting Idaho for its treatment of mink, calling the Gem State the third-worst in the nation for its treatment of animals farmed for their fur. According to a news release by the national wildlife advocacy organization Born Free USA, Idaho earned its place near the top of the list for its high number of unregulated mink farms.

Mink treatment draws group’s wrath
Sean Ellis
Idaho State Journal

Elephants in India to be freed from zoos and circuses

Published 11/17/09

All elephants living in Indian zoos and circuses will be moved to wildlife parks and game sanctuaries where the animals can graze more freely. The decision affects around 140 elephants in 26 zoos and 16 circuses in the country. The order followed complaints from animal rights activists about elephants that are kept in captivity and often chained for long hours.

The chaining of elephants is one of our charges against Ringling Bros. in our Federal trial for the circus's abuse of elephants.

India to move all zoo elephants to wildlife parks
Nirmala George
Associated Press

Bird breeder cited for cruelty to animals

Published 11/03/09

The city’s Animal Care Division seized 111 birds last month from an Aurora home last month, claiming that the animals were treated cruelly and forced to live in inhumane conditions. According to court documents, the officer found dirty cages with no water, bedding soiled with feces and several dead mice. The woman is facing several charges related to infractions to the city code, including cruelty to animals, the endangerment of the health and life of an animal, failure to remove feces and humane care charges related to the lack of potable water. The possible fines for the misdemeanor charges range from $15 to $1,000, plus one year in jail.

City seizes 111 birds from Aurora home
Brandon Johansson
The Aurora Sentinel, Aurora, CO


Plaudits for fffashion

Published 10/27/09

Leading animal advocacy and wildlife conservation organization Born Free USA and leading environmental publication, E Magazine, celebrate the glorious climax of fffashion, their fur free fashion design competition promoting the ethical and environmental benefits of foregoing fur fashions.

fffur Free and Fabulous!
Ava
Paw Talk


Our Primate Sanctuary highlighted on Encyclopedia Brittanica website

Published 10/23/09

It’s not often that a primate from a research facility, a circus or a backyard zoo gets a second chance, but that’s exactly what happens at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Home to over 500 non-human primates, including vervets, baboons and macaques, the sanctuary strives to help these primates heal from their pasts.

Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary: A Place of Healing
Advocacy for Animals
Encyclopedia Brittanica


A lifetime of misery

Published 10/16/09

A lifetime of misery is what elephants endure in circuses. They are carted in box cars or trucks from city to city for the majority of the year, forced to perform unnatural tricks under threat of beatings with bullhooks, chained for hours on end, and separated from their families — all for just a few minutes of mindless entertainment.

It's Time to End the Use of Elephants in Circuses
Nicole G. Paquette, Born Free USA
Opposing Views


Big Cat Conservation

Published 10/15/09

Tune in this Friday, October 16, to “The Nature Connection” at 6:45pm EST (3:45pm PST) to hear Born Free USA’s Adam Roberts talk about big cat conservation and what Born Free USA is doing to help all these magnificent animals!


Destiny

Published 10/13/09

This interview with Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, discusses how the merge with the Animal Protection Institute came to be, and the united organization's mission and methods.

Born Free
Ava
Paw Talk


Animal Advocating

Published 10/07/09

Born Free USA's own Grass Roots Coordinator, Jessica Stout, is featured in this story on dispelling misconceptions about pit bulls.

Pit bull makeover: Shedding new light on the most feared breed in America
Rachel Leibrock
Sacramento News & Review

Another bear attack

Published 10/06/09

For nine years, Kelly Ann Walz kept the black bear she called "Teddy" as a pet, raising it from cubhood at her hilltop menagerie where she also cared for a mountain lion and tiger. On Sunday night, she went into Teddy's 15-by-15-foot steel and concrete cage, throwing a shovelful of dog food to one side to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side. But the 350-pound bear turned on Walz and attacked her. Walz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now matter how tame they may seem, wild animals are still wild animals. Born Free USA keeps a database of attacks by captive pets on their possessors.

Pet bear turns on Pa. owner, kills her in cage
Michael Rubinkam
The Associated Press

Tell TLC to Pull “My Monkey Baby” from Its Lineup

Published 09/30/09

The Learning Channel (TLC) has sunk to an all time low with their new show My Monkey Baby which airs this Sunday, October 4.

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A blog on Ringling's appearance in Portland

Published 09/21/09

The "greatest show on earth" starting at the Rose Garden tonight isn't so great for its largest performers, according to a 2003 lawsuit filed by animal-rights groups against Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of the Ringling Bros. circus. After years of legal wrangling, a verdict is expected shortly. The parties' lawyers delivered their final arguments in March.

Federal court will decide fate of circus elephants soon
Jacques Von Lunen
The Oregonian


Talking About Bears

Published 09/17/09

Born Free USA senior vice president Adam Roberts will be featured on “The Nature Connection” on BlogTalkRadio this Friday, September 18, beginning at 4:00pm PST. Tune in to this exciting show to hear Adam talk about bears in the U.S. and the federal Bear Protection Act. Adam’s portion of the show begins airing at 4:45pm.


Man Kills Parrot for Being "Annoying"

Published 09/10/09

Irritated at his family's 20-year-old African grey parrot for disturbing him while watching a NASCAR race on television, a man pulled out a BB gun and shot the bird three times, killing him.

Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate, Monica Engebretson, contributes to this story.

Man Shoots and Kills Pet Parrot For Being 'Annoying'
Helena Sung
Paw Nation


Please say “no” to the circus when it comes to Seattle

Published 09/09/09

Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey ("Ringling Brothers") touts itself as the largest animal circus in the world. Its menagerie includes: elephants, horses, tigers, and a variety of other animals. "The Greatest Show on Earth", as it bills itself, is also home to immeasurable pain and suffering.

Discussed are Born Free USA's lawsuit against Ringling and reasons not to attend the circus.

The circus comes to town - and the misery continues
Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Seattle Pet Laws Examiner
examiner.com

Two elephants surrendered to zoo

Published 08/24/09

A Texas man whose family has circus ties had to give up two Asian elephants, 40-year-old Jewel and 39-year-old Tina. Both were dangerously underweight. Davenport agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, in exchange for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropping complaints against him for not having proper purchasing permits for the pair. The two elephants were being transported to an undisclosed zoo.

Born Free USA believes elephants have no place in zoos and that they would be better off released to an elephant sanctuary.

2 elephants seized from owner in Texas
Associated Press
Dallas Morning News


Mirage Casino to get 2 new dolphins

Published 08/12/09

A federal agency has granted MGM Mirage a permit to import two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins for public display in Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden on the Las Vegas Strip. Born Free USA and The World Society for the Protection of Animals filed a complaint against the Mirage's petition to import during a 30-day public comment period.

Feds permit MGM Mirage to import 2 dolphins
Mary Manning
Las Vegas Sun


Protecting U.S. Bears

Published 08/12/09

Adam Roberts, Born Free USA's Senior Vice President, is quoted in this story on the reintroduced Bear Protection Act.

U.S. Bear Gallbladders Sold on Black Market
Brian Handwerk
National Geographic News

This story was reprinted:
U.S. Bear Gallbladders Sold on Black Market
Brian Handwerk
Wild Singapore

Thirty bears in unimaginably awful conditions

Published 08/11/09

Bob Barker speaks out for bears in Cherokee, North Carolina, in this blog from Larry King Live. Some of these same facilities were part of our 2005 investigation showing bears kept in horrible conditions — North Carolina still has not taken steps to protect the welfare of these animals.

Cherokee’s Unbearable Bear Pits
Bob Barker
Larry King Live blog

New Documentary Shows Japan's Dolphin Slaughter

Published 08/04/09

Like many people in his generation, Louie Psihoyos grew up watching Flipper and Jacques Cousteau adventures on television. After National Geographic magazine hired him as a staff photographer, his admiration for the intelligence and beauty of dolphins, and for the oceans as an ecological system, grew as he learned how to dive and began to work underwater. But none of that quite prepared him for the experience of making The Cove, an award-winning documentary about the clandestine slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

In a Killing Cove, Siding With Dolphins
Larry Rohter
The New York Times

Changing the Zoo

Published 07/30/09

In zoo parlance, they’re known as charismatic megafauna. We’re talking lions, tigers, and other large creatures. They are the big-ticket beasts and the reason, historically anyway, why people have come to the zoo. Where there is megafauna, the thinking goes, there will be crowds.

That’s partly what made Ron Kagan’s decision so shocking. The executive director of the Detroit Zoo announced in 2004 that he was voluntarily sending his zoo’s two Asian elephants to a California sanctuary, where the land was plentiful, the weather temperate, and the elephants could roam. The reason, Kagan said, was simple. To paraphrase: The zoo, despite its best efforts, was essentially ruining the elephants’ lives.

Returning wildlife to the wild is part of Born Free USA's mission.

Goodbye, Jumbo: The identity crisis of the modern zoo
Keith O’Brien
The Boston Globe


Spreading the Story of Lucky

Published 07/27/09

In this 5-minute news video, Born Free USA's Monica Engebretson talks about her book, Lucky, about the true story of the lorikeet on whom the book is bades, the plight of captive birds, and Born Free USA's work in addressing that.

The Story of "Lucky"
Sacramento & Co.
news10.net

New Video Shows Ringling Elephant Abuse

Published 07/23/09

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday released what it says is a secretly recorded video showing handlers striking Ringling Bros. circus elephants backstage. PETA says someone affiliated with the group made the recording during a circus tour earlier this year. A Ringling spokeswoman denied PETA's abuse claims. "Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey loves its elephants," she said.

Born Free USA is currently waiting for a ruling on our lawsuit against Ringling for just such abuse.

PETA: Video shows Ringling Bros. abusing animals
Associated Press

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